Pronunciation Noun

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, archaic) Synonym of bangs#English|bangs: hair hanging over the forehead, especially a hairstyle with such hair cut straight across.
    Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
    • his hair cut in front like a young lady's bang
  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. (vulgar, slang) 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) An injection, a shot (of a narcotic drug). [from 20th c.]
    • 1952, William S. Burroughs, in Harris (ed.), Letters 1945–59, Penguin 2009, p. 101:
      As for myself, I take a bang now and then—I know plenty of croakers—but I really couldn't keep up a habit without a lot of running around and bother.
  11. (slang, US, Boston area) An abrupt left turn.
  12. (Ireland, colloquial, slang) strong smell (of)
    There was a bang of onions off his breath.
  13. (slang) A thrill.
    • 1993, Douglas Woolf, ‎Sandra Braman, Hypocritic Days & Other Tales (page 40)
      "We all know you give great parties, Mr. Lippincott."
      "It gives me a bang, even a bigger bang than this," Mr. Lippincott said, indicating his drink and then finishing it.
    • 2000, James Hadley Chase, Make the Corpse Walk (page 31)
      Yes, he got a bang out of cheating Rollo.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (abrupt left turn) hang
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bang (bangs, present participle banging; 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. (ambitransitive) To hit hard.
    He banged the door shut.
    David and Mary banged into each other.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks.
  3. (slang, ambitransitive, vulgar) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    We can hear the couple banging upstairs.
    Synonyms: nail, do it, have sex, Thesaurus:copulate, Thesaurus:copulate with
  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).
    • His hair banged even with his eyebrows.