bang

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See also: bāng, bǎng, bàng, bâng, băng, and bằng

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bang (plural bangs)

  1. A sudden percussive noise.
    When he struck it with a hammer, there was a loud bang.
  2. A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
  3. An explosion.
  4. (US, especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead.
    Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
    • W. D. Howells
      his hair cut in front like a young lady's bang
    • 1902, Barbara Baynton, Squeaker's Mate:
      She was not much to look at. Her red hair hung in an uncurled bang over her forehead
  5. (US) The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
    An e-mail address with an ! is called a bang path.
  6. (mathematics) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
  7. (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
  8. An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  9. (slang, mining) An explosive product.
    Load the bang into the hole.
  10. (slang, US, Boston area) An abrupt left turn.
Synonyms[edit]
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Antonyms[edit]
  • (abrupt left turn): hang
Translations[edit]
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Verb[edit]

bang (third-person singular simple present bangs, present participle banging, simple past and past participle banged)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To hit hard.
    He banged the door shut.
    David and Mary banged into each other.
  3. (slang, figuratively, transitive, intransitive) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    We can hear the couple banging upstairs.
  4. (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
    Hold the picture while I bang in this nail.
  5. (transitive) To cut squarely across, as the tail of a horse, or a person's forelock; to cut (the hair).
    • The Century Magazine
      His hair banged even with his eyebrows.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (which sense?): nail
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Adverb[edit]

bang (comparative more bang, superlative most bang)

  1. Right, directly.
    The passenger door was bang against the garage wall.
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport:
      After yet another missed penalty by Kvirikashvili from bang in front of the posts, England scored again, centre Tuilagi flying into the line and touching down under the bar.
  2. Precisely.
    He arrived bang on time.
  3. With a sudden impact.
    Distracted, he ran bang into the opening door.

Interjection[edit]

bang

  1. a verbal emulation of a sudden percussive sound
    He pointed his finger at her like a gun and said, "Bang!"
Translations[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened from Bang's disease.

Noun[edit]

bang (plural bangs)

  1. (in the plural) Brucellosis, a bacterial disease

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch bang (afraid).

Adjective[edit]

bang (attributive bange, comparative banger, superlative bangste)

  1. afraid

Bislama[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English bank

Noun[edit]

bang

  1. A bank
    • 2008, Miriam Meyerhoff, Social lives in language--sociolinguistics and multilingual speech[1], ISBN 978-90-272-1863-6, page 344:
      Bang i wantem mi faen from mi ovaspen.


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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch banghe, from be- + anghe, the latter an adverbial form of enge (narrow, confined).

Adjective[edit]

bang (comparative banger, superlative bangst)

  1. scared, frightened
    • Wees maar niet bang.
      • Please don't be afraid.
    • Ik ben bang voor het donker!
      • I am scared of the dark!
Declension[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

An onomatopoeia.

Noun[edit]

bang m (plural bangen, diminutive bangetje n)

  1. sound of an explosion or gun; bang

German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • bange (both are roughly equally common)

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bang (comparative banger or bänger, superlative am bangsten or bängsten)

  1. scared, frightened, afraid, fearful

Declension[edit]

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse.

Noun[edit]

bang ?

  1. pounding, hammering, banging

Related terms[edit]


Malay[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bang

  1. brother (older male sibling)

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Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

bang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of bāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of bǎng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of bàng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic or unknown origin

Noun[edit]

bang n (genitive bangs, plural bǫng)

  1. pounding, hammering, banging

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Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bang

  1. scared, anxious

Noun[edit]

bang

  1. A sudden percussive noise