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Definition of banger

1 British : sausage
2 British : firecracker
3 British : jalopy
4 informal : a forceful and aggressive athlete Williamson, the 6- 7, 245-pound forward, is a versatile banger who loves to play inside and has a deft shooting touch.— William C. Phoden
5 slang : a member of a street gang : gangbanger He is disciplined, regimented, right down to the humiliating yet soothing ritual of picking up after his dog as he walks through the hood, past scornful young bangers— Mike Newirth
6 slang : an energetic song that is very striking or extraordinary … it's a near-perfect hip-hop album for 2008, loaded with hardcore bangers, pop-friendly hooks, party anthems and confessional lyrics …— Chuck Arnold
7 informal : an automobile or engine with a specified number of cylinders used in combinationWhen he first started driving Toyotas, they were four-bangers or V-6s …— Jerry Garrett

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bangers and mash is classic British pub cuisine
Recent Examples on the Web Back then, its 20-valve 1.8-liter four-banger made 207 horsepower, a number that seems quaint today. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi S3 Sportback Previews a New S3 Sedan," 15 Sep. 2020 At the end of the day, the song is a banger that appeals to everyone — even the very people claiming to be offended by it. Ineye Komonibo,, "Cardi B Has A Few Words For Those Trump 2020 “Wap” Music Videos," 19 Aug. 2020 The four-banger drones in midrange like a B-29, and the four-speed just doesn't reel out the long-legged cruising this otherwise sophisticated little sweetheart should be expected to give. Steve Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1980 Audi 4000 Needs to Cook a Little Longer," 14 Aug. 2020 In teaming up with Lil Wayne, Chainz delivers a banger that will have people bucking low to the ground like a majorette team. Marcus Jones,, "Friday Five: Bon Iver collaborates with Bruce Springsteen, 2 Chainz shouts out HBCUs, and more," 8 Aug. 2020 Just like the four-banger in the Camaro, the Celica's engine rattles and drones terribly at more than 4000 rpm. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Toyota Celica GT-S Highlights the Joys of Rear-Wheel Drive," 19 June 2020 There’s some camp delight here in Donna’s distraught nose blowing and Rosie and Tanya’s attempts to cheer her up, but a memorable banger this is not. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Here we go again...we ranked every musical number in the Mamma Mia movies," 11 June 2020 The tiny three-banger pumps out 257 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, and that one should be offered with a row-it-yourself gearbox. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Gets Flashy Red Special Edition," 2 June 2020 From the first beats on the snare, this relentless string of bangers turns our sleepy walk into a sweaty dance-run. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Where to find delight during a coronavirus quarantine," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of banger

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Banger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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British, informal
: an old car that is in poor condition

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