Bang is the sound a cannon makes.
- The definition of bang means a loud, sudden noise.
An example of a bang is the loud sound a cannon makes.
- Bang means a piece of hair that hangs down across someone's forehead.
An example of a bang is the front of a woman's hairstyle that hangs in front of her eyes.
- Bang is defined as to hit or smash.
An example of to bang is to knock hard on a door with a fist to get the attention of people inside a house.
- to hit with a resounding blow; strike hard and noisily
- to shut (a door, window, etc.) noisily
- to handle violently
- Slang to engage in sexual intercourse with: somewhat vulgar
Origin of bangOld Norse banga, to pound, hammer; akin to German bengel, cudgel, of echoic origin, originally
- to make a loud noise, as through concussion or explosion
- to move noisily or strike sharply (against something)
- a hard, noisy blow or impact
- a loud, sudden noise, as of hitting or exploding
- Informal a display of enthusiasm or vigor: to start with a bang
- Slang a thrill; excitement
- Informal sudden force or effectiveness: the idea hit him with a bang
- Slang the act or an instance of sexual intercourse: somewhat vulgar
- hard, noisily, and suddenly: to run bang against a wall
- suddenly or exactly: be stopped bang in the middle
Origin of bang; from bang: see
- A sudden loud noise, as of an explosion.
- A sudden loud blow or bump.
- Informal A sudden burst of action: The campaign started off with a bang.
- Slang A sense of excitement; a thrill: We got a bang out of watching the old movies.
verbbanged, bang·ing, bangs
- To strike heavily and often repeatedly; bump.
- To close suddenly and loudly; slam.
- To handle noisily or violently: banged the pots in the kitchen.
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
- To make a sudden loud, explosive noise.
- To crash noisily against or into something: My elbow banged against the door.
- Exactly; precisely: The arrow hit bang on the target.
- Suddenly; abruptly: cut the conversation bang off.
Origin of bangProbably from Old Norse bang, a hammering.
transitive verbbanged, bang·ing, bangs
Origin of bangFrom bang1, abruptly, as in the phrase cut bang off, to cut off abruptly.
- A sudden percussive noise.
- When he struck it with a hammer, there was a loud bang.
- A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
- An explosion.
- (US, especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead.
- Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
- (US) The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
- An e-mail address with an ! is called a bang path.
- (mathematics) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
- (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
- An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
- (slang, mining) An explosive product.
- Load the bang into the hole.
- (slang, US, Boston area) An abrupt left turn.
(third-person singular simple present bangs, present participle banging, simple past and past participle banged)
- (intransitive) To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something.
- The fireworks banged away all through the night.
- Stop banging on the door. I heard you the first time!
- My head was banging after drinking all night at the concert.
- (intransitive) To hit hard.
- He banged the door shut.
- David and Mary banged into each other.
- (slang, figuratively, intransitive) To engage in sexual intercourse.
- We can hear the couple banging upstairs.
- (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
- Hold the picture while I bang in this nail.
- To cut squarely across, as the tail of a horse, or a person's forelock; to cut (the hair).
(comparative more bang, superlative most bang)
From Middle English *bangen, from Old English *bangian, *bangan or Old Norse banga (“to pound, hammer”); both from Proto-Germanic *bang- (“to beat”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰen- (“to beat, hit, injure”). Cognate with Icelandic banga (“to pound, hammer”), Old Swedish bånga (“to hammer”), Danish banke (“to beat”), Low German bangen, bangeln (“to strike, beat”), Danish bengel (“club”), West Frisian bingel, bongel, Dutch bengel (“bell; rascal”), German Bengel (“club”), German bungen (“to throb, pulsate”).
- (in the plural) Brucellosis, a bacterial disease
Shortened from Bang's disease.