bang

A bang is a loud noise, like a door slamming or something heavy being dropped on a wood floor. Hearing a bang outside your house at night might make your dog start barking.

The sharp sound of a bang might be made by someone pounding on your front door, or two cars colliding. A bang can also be a painful physical knock, like a bang on your head when you crash your bike. You can use it as a verb as well: "Don't bang your laptop down on the table — you'll break it!" Bang shares a Scandinavian root with the Old Norse banga, "to pound."

Primary Meanings of bang

1.
nv
the swift release of a store of affective force
to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound
2.
n
a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
3.
n
a conspicuous success
4.
v
have sexual intercourse with
5.
adv
directly
Full Definitions of bang
1

n the swift release of a store of affective force

“they got a great bang out of it”
Synonyms:
boot, charge, flush, kick, rush, thrill
Type of:
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy

n a vigorous blow

“he got a bang on the head”
Synonyms:
bash, belt, knock, smash
Type of:
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)

n a sudden very loud noise

Synonyms:
bam, blast, clap, eruption
Types:
water hammer
the banging sound of steam in pipes
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

v to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound

“One of them banged the sash of the window nearest my bed”
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v strike violently

Synonyms:
slam
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v close violently

Synonyms:
slam
Type of:
close, shut
move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut

v move noisily

“The window banged shut”
“The old man banged around the house”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v leap, jerk, bang

Synonyms:
spang
Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with
2

n a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead

Synonyms:
fringe
Type of:
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
3

n a conspicuous success

“the party went with a bang
Synonyms:
hit, smash, smasher, strike
Types:
blockbuster, megahit, smash hit
an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
sleeper
an unexpected hit
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful
4

v have sexual intercourse with

Synonyms:
have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
make out, neck
kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
Types:
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have, take
have sex with; archaic use
fornicate
have sex without being married
swing
engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends
bed-hop, bedhop, sleep around
be sexually active with more than one partner
5

adv directly

“he ran bang into the pole”
Synonyms:
bolt, slap, slapdash, smack

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