- a cork or other stopper for the hole in a barrel, cask, or keg
- a bunghole
Origin of bungMiddle English bunge ; from Middle Dutch bonge
- to close (a bunghole) with a stopper
- to close as with a bung; stop up
Origin of bungprob. infl. by bangSlang to bruise or damage, as in a fight: with up
- Brit., Slang to toss; fling; throw
- A stopper, especially for the hole through which a cask, keg, or barrel is filled or emptied.
- A bunghole.
transitive verbbunged, bung·ing, bungs
- To close with a cork or stopper.
- Informal To injure or damage: fell on skis and bunged up my leg.
- Chiefly British To fling; toss.
Origin of bungMiddle English bunge, from Middle Dutch bonge, from Late Latin p&umacron;ncta, hole, from Latin, feminine past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bungs, present participle bunging, simple past and past participle bunged)
From Medieval Dutch bonge, bonne or bonghe (“stopper”), or perhaps from French bonde, which may itself be either of Germanic origin, or from Proto-Celtic *bunda - either way probably from puncta (“hole”), the feminine singular form of Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (“pierce into, prick”).
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Broken, not in working order.
From Yagara bang (“dead”).