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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

Synonyms for bung

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 20 Dec. 2017 Never apply heat to an empty drum when the caps and bungs aren't removed. jsonline.com, 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, 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, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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“Bung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bung. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of bung

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


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