bang·​er | \ ˈbaŋ-ər How to pronounce banger (audio) \

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 combination When he first started driving Toyotas, they were four-bangers or V-6s …— Jerry Garrett

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Synonyms for banger


link, sausage, wurst

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Examples of banger in a Sentence

bangers and mash is classic British pub cuisine

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Andrew Veenstra, his face and arms a tapestry of racist gang-banger tattoos, gives Jason an unexpected vulnerability. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: Guthrie’s ‘Floyd’s’ will leave you hungry for more — literally," 29 July 2019 Over the years his birthplace had been invaded by British homeowners: signs in English, pubs serving bangers and mash. Longreads, "An Ocean Away From the Sanctuary of Manhattan, Signs of Peaceful Coexistence," 29 July 2019 Naturally, fans are living for both this song and video: Thank you, Ariana Grande, for blessing my weekend with yet another banger. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Inspiration for Ariana Grande's New Song Is So Relatable," 2 Aug. 2019 Goodbyes might be hard, but letting go to this banger is easy as pie. Kat Bein, Billboard, "New Music Friday: Six of This Week's Best Tracks From Wave Racer, Booka Shade & More," 28 June 2019 The menu features traditional Irish cuisine such as Shepherd’s pie, bangers and boxty, fish and chips as well as more conventional burgers, salads, appetizers and desserts. Kyle Arnold,, "New Latitude & Longitude restaurant brings in hydroponics to go local," 9 Mar. 2018 There's a plate of bangers and mash, too, naturally. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ambitious Bravery Chef Hall now open downtown," 24 July 2019 San Leandro has a long history as California’s sausage capital, where rows of operations once cased bratwurst, bangers, chorizo and the prosaic hot dog. Melia Russell,, "Saag’s meatpacking workers to protest severance offer," 14 June 2019 Check out three ways Grande delivered one pop banger after another in Indianapolis: 1. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Ariana Grande brings one pop banger after another to Bankers Life Fieldhouse," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of banger

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of banger was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of banger

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

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to make a temporary encampment

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