Banger



a person or thing that bangs.
British.

Informal. a sausage.
a firecracker.

Contemporary Examples

Where was Tyson, a critically acclaimed film about another, more famous, banger of heads?
The Top Six Documentary Oscar Contenders Nicole LaPorte December 15, 2009

Historical Examples

Lady Corinthia Fanshawe and Mrs. banger wish to see you, sir.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

Theres no use in my tackling Mrs. banger: she would only sit on my head too.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

General Mitchener: your designs on Mrs. banger are defeated.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

In the mean time, Hopeful hammers away lustily, merrily whistling, and singing the praises of the ‘banger.’
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Various

Mrs. banger is a masculine woman of forty, with a powerful voice and great physical strength.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

Captain banger had risen—being, in fact, pulled up by a friend on either side, and poked up by a friend behind.
Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens

Mrs. banger’s grandmother commanded a canteen at that celebrated battle.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

The Orderly forlornly contemplates the iron front presented by Mrs. banger.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

Do not for a moment suppose, General Mitchener, that Mrs. banger represents my views on the suffrage question.
Press Cuttings George Bernard Shaw

noun (Brit)
(slang) a sausage
(informal)

an old decrepit car
(as modifier): banger racing

a type of firework that explodes loudly
n.

British English slang for “a sausage,” 1919, perhaps from sense of “a bludgeon,” though this is recorded only in U.S. slang.

noun

A cylinder in an automobile engine: a souped-up four-banger (1950s+ Hot rodders)
A car, esp an old and decrepit vehicle; heap, jalopy: this wonderful banger (1960s+)
The front bumper of a vehicle
gangbanger: Lots of bangers living here (1980s+ Los Angeles gangs)

Related Terms

bible-banger, bit banger, four-banger, wallbanger

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