head·​bang·​er | \ ˈhed-ˌbaŋ-ər How to pronounce headbanger (audio) \

Definition of headbanger

: a musician who performs hard rock also : a fan of hard rock

Examples of headbanger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And if the elimination is a headbanger, Big Easy would obviously win. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: All Stars Recap: Ice, Ice Baby," 16 Apr. 2021 Flavors of Detroit techno and soulful wailing gradually seep in to this deranged headbanger that seemingly crept in from a dimension just adjacent to ours. Katie Bain, Billboard, "SOPHIE's 13 Best Songs, Productions & Features," 30 Jan. 2021 Walking into Purgatory, there's just an empty circle in the pit, meaning this is going to be a headbanger! Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Kaycee makes her choice, Bayleigh takes it personally," 25 June 2020 The wobbly, bass-centric sound hit every nerve in America's collective collegiate youth, turning Greek-life gym rats and edge-dwelling nerds into kindred headbangers. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 60 Greatest Dance Songs of the Decade: Staff List," 26 Nov. 2019 For nearly 50 years, Flip Side has withstood changing times and changing music formats to remain the old-school go-to for headbangers throughout San Antonio. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Will the music fade at Flip Side Record Parlor in San Antonio?," 23 Jan. 2020 Monstercat fed headbangers beats at Melkweg Thursday while San Holo's label Bitbird had kids getting all emotional in the room upstairs. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Best & Worst of ADE 2019, An International Gathering Of Electronic Music," 21 Oct. 2019 Previous films saw the headbangers crossing paths with everyone from Billy the Kid, Socrates, Joan of Arch, and even the Grim Reaper. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Keanu Reeves Is Unrecognizable in Bizarre Look for New Bill & Ted Movie," 3 Aug. 2019 The string arrangement adds a gorgeous drama to the tune, while also making the headbanger shockingly graceful. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "This Young Girl Takes on Slipknot's 'Unsainted' on Violin: Watch," 4 Oct. 2019

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Headbanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headbanger. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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