Pronunciation Noun

bung (plural bungs)

  1. A stopper, alternative to a cork, often made of rubber used to prevent fluid passing through the neck of a bottle, vat, a hole in a vessel etc.
    • 1996, Dudley Pope, Life in Nelson's Navy
      With the heavy seas trying to broach the boat they baled — and eventually found someone had forgotten to put the bung in.
    • 2008, Christine Carroll, The Senator's Daughter
      Andre pulled the bung from the top of a barrel, applied a glass tube with a suction device, and withdrew a pale, almost greenish liquid.
  2. A cecum or anus, especially of a slaughter animal.
  3. (slang) A bribe.
  4. The orifice in the bilge of a cask through which it is filled; bunghole.
  5. (obsolete, slang) A sharper or pickpocket.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, 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 iv]:
      You filthy bung, away.
Translations Verb

bung (bungs, present participle bunging; past bunged, past participle bunged)

  1. (transitive) To plug, as with a bung.
    • 1810, Agricultural Surveys: Worcester (1810)
      It has not yet been ascertained, which is the precise time when it becomes indispensable to bung the cider. The best, I believe, that can be done, is to seize the critical moment which precedes the formation of a pellicle on the surface...
    • 2006, A. G. Payne, Cassell's Shilling Cookery
      Put the wine into a cask, cover up the bung-hole to keep out the dust, and when the hissing sound ceases, bung the hole closely, and leave the wine untouched for twelve months.
  2. (UK, Australian, transitive, informal) To put or throw somewhere without care; to chuck.
  3. (transitive) To batter, bruise; to cause to bulge or swell.
  4. (transitive) To pass a bribe.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: поставить синяк

bung (not comparable)

  1. (Australia, NZ, slang) Broken, not in working order.
    • 1922, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Karen Oslund (introduction), The Worst Journey in the World, 2004, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=zDFJS1jCpB8C&pg=PA365&dq=%22gone+bung%22+-intitle:%22bung%22+-inauthor:%22bung%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iTQUT_CdGsmWiQfn7NFD&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gone%20bung%22%20-intitle%3A%22bung%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bung%22&f=false page 365],
      The evening we reached the glacier Bowers[Henry Robertson Bowers] wrote:
      […] My right eye has gone bung, and my left one is pretty dicky.
    • 1953, Eric Linklater, A Year of Space, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=HPNaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22gone+bung%22+-intitle:%22bung%22+-inauthor:%22bung%22&dq=%22gone+bung%22+-intitle:%22bung%22+-inauthor:%22bung%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hD0UT_D7Ge7umAWdg4H_CQ&redir_esc=y page 206],
      ‘Morning Mrs. Weissnicht. I′ve just heard as how your washing-machine′s gone bung.’
    • 1997, Lin Van Hek, The Ballad of Siddy Church, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=qIkAp2UelAIC&pg=PA219&dq=%22gone+bung%22+-intitle:%22bung%22+-inauthor:%22bung%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iTQUT_CdGsmWiQfn7NFD&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gone%20bung%22%20-intitle%3A%22bung%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bung%22&f=false page 219],
      It′s the signal box, the main switchboard, that′s gone bung!
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=NcO7t8G-yQ8C&pg=PA9&dq=%22gone+bung%22+-intitle:%22bung%22+-inauthor:%22bung%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iTQUT_CdGsmWiQfn7NFD&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gone%20bung%22%20-intitle%3A%22bung%22%20-inauthor%3A%22bung%22&f=false page 9],
      Henry had said, “Half a million bloomin′ acres. A quarter of a million blanky sheep shorn a year, and they can′t keep on two blokes. It′s not because wer′e union, mate. It′s because we′re newchums. Something′s gone bung with this country.”

bung (plural bungs)

  1. (obsolete, UK, thieves' cant) A purse.

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