a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force.
to make or emit a bam.
Historical Examples

“Now you’re bamming me, Doctor,” replied the other, good-humouredly.
Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville

interjection, imitative of the sound of a hard hit, first recorded 1922 (from 1917 as the sound of an artillery shell bursting). Middle English had a verb bammen “to hit or strike” (late 14c.). A literary work from c.1450 represents the sound of repeated impact by Lus, bus! las, das!, and Middle English had lushe “a stroke, blow” (c.1400); lushen “to strike, knock, beat” (c.1300).


(also bamm, bammo) An exclamation imitating a hard blow: I got tested and bammo! The bad news


The sound of a hard blow: It struck the desk with a resounding bam


To strike or hit: Heads may be biffed or bammed (1918+)

Related Terms

wham-bam thank you ma’am


A mixture of a depressant with a stimulant drug, esp of a barbiturate with an amphetamine

[1970s+; fr barbiturate + amphetamine]


A woman marine

[WWII; fr broad-assed marine]
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Bachelor of Arts in Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music


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