bang

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verb (1)

banged; banging; bangs

transitive verb

1
: to strike sharply : bump
banged his knee
2
: to knock, hit, or thrust vigorously often with a sharp noise
banged the door shut
3
vulgar slang : to have sexual intercourse with

intransitive verb

1
: to strike with a sharp noise or thump
2
: to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive noise or series of such noises
3
: to play a sport (such as basketball) in a very aggressive and forceful manner
bang for rebounds

bang

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noun (1)

1
: a resounding blow
2
: a sudden loud noise
often used interjectionally
3
a
: a sudden striking effect
b
: a quick burst of energy
start off with a bang
c
: thrill
I get a bang out of all thisW. H. Whyte
4
vulgar slang
a
: an act of copulation
b
: a sexual partner
5
informal : exclamation point

bang

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adverb

: right, directly
ran bang up against more trouble

bang

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noun (2)

plural bangs
US
: the front section of a person's hair when it is cut short and worn over the forehead
usually used in plural
wore her bangs short
She had long hair with bangs.
In person, Miss Chin is small and pretty, with black button eyes, fluffy black bangs and dimples that show when she giggles …Helen Lawrenson

bang

5 of 5

verb (2)

banged; banging; bangs

transitive verb

: to cut (hair) short and squarely across
Phrases
bang for the buck or less commonly bang for one's buck or bang for the dollar or bang for one's dollar
US, informal
: value received from outlay or effort
investment is yielding less bang for the buckFortune
"They are going to try to get the best bang for their dollar, and they have to do it this way." Brock Lesnar

Examples of bang in a Sentence

Adverb The show began bang on time. the reform movement was just beginning when it bang ran into opposition
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To get the most bang for your exercise buck, your workout program should be weighted heavily in favor of these easy days. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 6 Apr. 2024 To get the most bang for your buck, consider visiting in the off-season when hotel rates tend to be at their lowest. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 Four sheriff’s department vehicles were struck by gunfire during the pursuit, and deputies seized multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds, as well as flash bangs, smoke grenades, body armor and tactical helmets from Graziano's truck, the agency said. Landon Mion, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2024 Save more money with bundles... Sculpt Nation offers several pricing options to get the most bang for your BURN PM. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Mary & George gives viewers plenty of bang for their buck. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 3 Apr. 2024 By the end of the weekend, the face of Mugler fragrance Anok Yai turned us onto a new version of the trending bob; flipping the bangs and ends into a half-curl. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 25 Mar. 2024 In recent months, she's worn her hair long and straight in her classic light red color, often styled back in a slick ponytail or with some curly bangs to frame her face. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Also included with your purchase are the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm and 45-150mm lenses, making this purchase a lot of bang for your buck. Jade Chung-Lee, PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024
Verb
Babies develop hand-eye coordination by banging, nesting, stacking, and rolling these cups around. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 In recent years, records show, inmates have died from jumping off railings, banging their heads against a wall and injecting drugs with makeshift needles — all in view of jail surveillance cameras that no one watched until later. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 The 6-foot-6 defensive savant endures more physical punishment at center, banging bodies inside on box-outs. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 In ancient China, a solar eclipse signaled that the sun was being devoured by a dragon; people would bang drums and make loud noises to scare off the beast and bring back daylight. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 The melodramatic comedy is provided by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe in indignation at the United Nations, and by telling the story of musician Dizzy Gillespie’s 1964 campaign for president. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 11 Mar. 2024 George and the Osage Singers dressed in traditional attire for the live rendition, with over a dozen members singing onstage together while collectively banging a drum. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 10 Mar. 2024 Even with a candy song banging around in the skull, the treat’s word-play trail is the opposite of empty calories. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 The presence on the bill of young Austin rock quarter Die Spitz reinforced the multi-generational vibes, as grizzled punks could be seen banging heads and pumping their fists right alongside headphone-wearing toddlers hoisted high on their parents’ shoulders. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse bang hammering

Noun (2)

probably short for bangtail short tail

First Known Use

Verb (1)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1828, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1874, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bang was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Bang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bang. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bang

1 of 4 verb
: to beat, strike, or shut with a loud noise

bang

2 of 4 noun
1
: a violent blow
2
: a sudden loud noise
3
a
: a quick burst of energy
start off with a bang
b
: a feeling of being thrilled or pleased
you'll get a bang out of this

bang

3 of 4 noun
: hair cut short across the forehead
usually used in plural

bang

4 of 4 verb
: to cut (front hair) short and squarely across
Etymology

Verb

probably of Scandinavian origin

Noun

probably from earlier bangtail "a short tail (on a horse)"

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