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[hed-bang-er] /ˈhɛdˌbæŋ ər/

noun (slang)
a heavy-metal rock fan
a crazy or stupid person

“devotee of heavy metal music,” 1984, from head (n.) + agent noun from bang (v.).


A devotee of heavy metal rock music, a style dating from the mid-1960s: Hip headbangers, it seems, want nothing more than to see Bon Jovi fall off the face of the earth/ The show’s naked emotionality feels as false and forced as an arena full of headbangers holding their lighters aloft during a power ballad

[1970s+; fr the frenetic reactions of such persons to the music, including actual banging of the head]


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