a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
a resounding stroke or blow:
a nasty bang on the head.
Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy:
He started with a bang.
energy; vitality; spirit:
The bang has gone out of my work.
Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement:
a big bang out of seeing movies.
Slang: Vulgar. sexual intercourse.
Printing and Computer Slang. an exclamation point.
to strike or beat resoundingly; pound:
to bang a door.
to hit or bump painfully:
to bang one’s ankle on a chair leg.
to throw or set down roughly; slam:
He banged the plates on the table.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
to strike violently or noisily:
to bang on the door.
to make a loud, sudden, explosive noise like that of a violent blow:
The guns banged all night.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
suddenly and loudly; abruptly or violently:
She fell bang against the wall.
directly; precisely; right:
He stood bang in the middle of the flower bed.
bang into, to collide with; bump into:
The truck skidded on the ice and banged into a parked car.
bang up, to damage:
A passing car banged up our fender.
bang off, Chiefly British Slang. immediately; right away.
bang on, Chiefly British Slang. terrific; marvelous; just right:
That hat is absolutely bang on.
Often, bangs. a fringe of hair combed or brushed forward over the forehead.
to cut (the hair) so as to form a fringe over the forehead.
to dock (the tail of a horse or dog).
Contemporary Examples

He banged on the adjoining wall and shouted something in Turkish, then rang again.
What Scares Turkey’s Women? Margaret Spiegelman March 20, 2012

Bacall: I just had a crazy idea for a comedy and went to the desert for a couple weeks and banged out a rough draft of something.
‘Game Change’ and ‘21 Jump Street’: Screenwriters Danny Strong and Michael Bacall on Writing Michael Bacall, Danny Strong March 8, 2012

And of course I had a file to write and I banged it out on a portable typewriter.
The Last Ride The Daily Beast January 18, 2009

My muddy shoe slipped, and I banged my kneecap on a fence rail, clinging for dear life.
Chicago’s Running of the Bulls Hampton Stevens July 25, 2014

Students at universities boycotted classes and banged plates and cups in cafeterias.
Gezi Park Teen’s Death Rocks Turkey Thomas Seibert March 12, 2014

Historical Examples

Hardly had he banged the door behind him when a messenger boy entered and handed a telegram to Abe.
Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass

I was mad, and I just banged off before anybody could say anything.
Tip Lewis and His Lamp Pansy

And Mary Ann banged out of the shop, leaving her mother silent with amazement.
Hunter’s Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke

Riley leaped forward and banged his big fist down on the table.
Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin

The men then stuck their ghatrifs in the ground and banged the nuts on them, and thus skinned them.
Southern Arabia Theodore Bent

a short loud explosive noise, as of the bursting of a balloon or the report of a gun
a hard blow or knock, esp a noisy one; thump: he gave the ball a bang
(informal) a startling or sudden effect: he realized with a bang that he was late
(slang) an injection of heroin or other narcotic
(taboo, slang) an act of sexual intercourse
(US & Canadian, slang) get a bang out of, to experience a thrill or excitement from
with a bang, successfully: the party went with a bang
to hit or knock, esp with a loud noise; bump: to bang one’s head
to move noisily or clumsily: to bang about the house
to close (a door, window, etc) or (of a door, etc) be closed noisily; slam
(transitive) to cause to move by hitting vigorously: he banged the ball over the fence
to make or cause to make a loud noise, as of an explosion
(transitive) (Brit)

to cause (stock prices) to fall by rapid selling
to sell rapidly in (a stock market), thus causing prices to fall

(taboo, slang) to have sexual intercourse with
(intransitive) (slang) to inject heroin, etc
(informal) bang for one’s buck, value for money: this option offers more bang for your buck
(informal) bang goes, that is the end of: bang goes my job in Wapping
bang one’s head against a brick wall, to try to achieve something impossible
with a sudden impact or effect: bang went his hopes of winning, the car drove bang into a lamp-post
precisely: bang in the middle of the road
(slang) bang to rights, caught red-handed
go bang, to burst, shut, etc, with a loud noise See also bang up
a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead
verb (transitive)
to cut (the hair) in such a style
to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)
a variant spelling of bhang

1540s, “to strike hard with a loud blow,” from a Scandinavian sourse akin to Old Norse 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. The noun is recorded from late 16c.

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

[T.S. Eliot, “Hollow Men,” 1925]

Bang (bāng, bäng), Bernhard Lauritz Frederik. 1848-1932.

Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.


Precisely; exactly: bang on the hour (1820s+)


A very pleasurable sensation; surge of joy; thrill; kick, rush: This’ll give you a big bang (1930+)
An injection of a narcotic, esp an intravenous shot of heroin (1910+ Narcotics)
The sex act: The wedding night, you idiot. The first bang. How was it?
An exclamation point; shriek: Let’s stick a bang on it to dress it up (Printers 1930s+, computer 1980s+)
A drink of liquor; shot: Give me a bang of Jaeger Meister (1990s+) v1x To do the sex act with or to; copulate with: He banged her twice and left happy (1916+) 2 To be in a youth gang; be a gangbanger

Related Terms

big bang, gang bang, get a bang (or charge) out of someone or something, go over with a bang, whizbang

[late 1980s+ Los Angeles gangs; from the rhyme, but influenced by gang bang, ”serial sex act done by a group of males to one woman”]

bang away
bang for the buck
bang into
bang one’s head against
bang out
bang up


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