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See also bāng, bǎng, bàng, and bâng

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Probably derived from, or at least cognate with, Old Norse and Icelandic banga "to pound, hammer," perhaps of onomatopoeic origin, coinciding with Korean 방아 (banga) "pounding" or milling of grain. More cognates may include Danish banke "to beat," German Bengel "club," etc.

Noun

Singular
bang

Plural
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  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) (especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead. (British: fringe)
    Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
    1902: She was not much to look at. Her red hair hung in an uncurled bang over her foreheadBarbara Baynton, short story Squeaker's Mate (variously reprinted, including in The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, ed. Carmel Bird, 2000, ISBN 0-670-89233-5)
  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. (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
  8. plural: Brucellosis, a bacterial disease (a corruption of the alternate name "Bang's disease")
  9. An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  10. (slang) An explosive product, in mining
    Load the bang into the hole.
  11. (slang) An abrupt left turn, in Boston slang; the opposite of this, an abrupt right turn, is a hang

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Verb

Infinitive
to bang

Third person singular
bangs

Simple past
banged

Past participle
-

Present participle
banging

to bang (third-person singular simple present bangs, present participle banging, simple past and past participle banged)
  1. To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something.
    The fireworks banged away all through the night.
  2. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    It's also my job to take care of the skanks on the road that you bang. - Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry McGuire
    He was banging cocktail waitresses two at a time! - Alex Rocco in the movie The Godfather
  3. (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
    Hold the picture while I bang in this nail.

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Interjection

bang

  1. a verbal emulation of a sudden percussive sound
    He pointed his finger at her like a gun and said, "Bang!"

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

bang, bange (comparative banger, bangere; superlative bangst, bangste)

  1. Scared, frightened, afraid, fearful.

German

Adjective

bang (comparative banger, superlative am bangsten)

  1. Scared, frightened, afraid, fearful.

Icelandic

Etymology

Old Norse

Noun

bang

  1. pounding, hammering, banging

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Korean

Noun

bang ()

  1. room
    Note: Used as a suffix in words such as PC방 (Internet café), 노래방 (noraebang, karaoke room), 소주방 (sojubang, drink shop)

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

bang

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, bāng, bǎng, or bàng.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Old Norse

Etymology

Onomatopoeic or unknown origin

Noun

bang

  1. pounding, hammering, banging

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