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Definition of bung

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the stopper especially in the bunghole of a cask also : bunghole
2 : the cecum or anus especially of a slaughtered animal


bunged; bunging; bungs

Definition of bung (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to plug with or as if with a bung
2 British : throw sense 1

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bung in a Sentence

Noun thousands of pounds in illegal bungs Verb we had bunged up the moving van so much that we couldn't have possibly squeezed in one more thing
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lemish, like Kramer, is a diva, always ready to pull the bung from his emotions. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Larry Kramer Leaves No Score Unsettled in an Epic’s Finale," 6 Jan. 2020 Two grandkids were up by the windshield, crammed in front of blue drums of gas, with gas pooled around the bungs and more tanks in the stern leaking gas. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "Remembering Clarence Wood, a hunter in the truest sense of the word," 27 Oct. 2019 Indiana State Fair food Here are 22 new food items coming to the fair: American Hero – A soft bung hosting a meat trio of Virginia ham, salami and pepperoni. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here's everything you need to know about the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 15 July 2019 Prosecutors allege that Mazzacurati presided over a consortium where the original aim of saving Venice seems to have been forgotten amid bungs to political parties and cronies. Manfred Manera, Newsweek, "Civil War in Venice as Corruption Scandal Grows," 18 July 2014 Johnson had removed the drum’s bung, which is like a cap, and car wash polish erupted on the left side of his face, according to the incident report. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "Drum refurbishing plant, where worker safety problems were cited, closes suddenly," 20 Dec. 2017 Never apply heat to an empty drum when the caps and bungs aren't removed. jsonline.com, "Empty industrial barrels bought on Craigslist present deadly dangers," 13 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of lubricating profits, however, Canada’s tar sands are bunged-up with protests against new pipelines. The Economist, "The giant next door Canadian tar sands offer lessons for American shalemen," 27 Feb. 2020 Stuff that today’s parents would get all bunged up about – no bike helmets, no seat belts, roaming free all day through wood and dale with only a dime for emergency calls – were just part of regular ol’ parenting. Jill Hamilton, Orange County Register, "How we managed to survive lax parenting back in the day," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bung


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bung


Middle English, from Middle Dutch bonne, bonghe

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The first known use of bung was in the 15th century

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“Bung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bung. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bung

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of wood, rubber, etc., that is used to close or cover a hole in a barrel



English Language Learners Definition of bung (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal : to put (something) in or into a place in a quick and careless way


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Kids Definition of bung

: a stopper that closes or covers a hole in a barrel

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