Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a conspicuous success
    that new Broadway show is a real smasher
    the party went with a bang
  2. (noun, body) a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
  3. (noun, event) a sudden very loud noise
  4. (noun, event) a vigorous blow
    he took a bash right in his face
    he got a bang on the head
  5. (noun, feeling) the swift release of a store of affective force
    what a boot!
    he got a quick rush from injecting heroin
    he does it for kicks
  6. (verb, contact) leap, jerk, bang
  7. (verb, contact) strike violently
  8. (verb, contact) close violently
  9. (verb, contact) have sexual intercourse with
    Adam knew Eve
    Were you ever intimate with this man?
  10. (verb, motion) move noisily
    The old man banged around the house
  11. (verb, perception) to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound
  12. (adv, all) directly
    ran slap into her

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bang

  1. 1540s, "to strike hard with a loud blow," from O.N. banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin. Slang meaning "have sexual intercourse with" first recorded 1937. Bang-up "excellent, first-rate," 1820, probably shortened from phrase bang up to the mark.
    "This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper"[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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