: unduly loud or violent
a slam-bang clatter
: having fast-paced often nonstop action
a slam-bang adventure novel
: vigorously enthusiastic
made a slam-bang effort to win

Examples of slam-bang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The slam-bang stuff in this picture is too tediously routine. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Its slam-bang visual pileup plays against a long, steady stream of freight trains rolling past behind it, day and night, in a manufactured river transferring tons of cargo from the Port of Los Angeles to distribution centers to the east. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slam-bang was circa 1823

Dictionary Entries Near slam-bang

Cite this Entry

“Slam-bang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slam-bang. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: very noisy or violent
: having fast-paced often nonstop action
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