Meaning of “bang” in the English Dictionary

"bang" in British English

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bangverb

uk /bæŋ/ us /bæŋ/

bang verb (NOISE)

B2 [ I or T ] to (cause something to) make a sudden very loud noise or noises:

She banged her fist angrily on the table.
Outside a door was banging in the wind.
He could hear someone banging at the door.
I could hear her in the kitchen banging about (= doing things noisily).

More examples

  • "Going... going... gone! " said the auctioneer, banging down the hammer.
  • "Open up - it's the police!" shouted the police officer, banging on the door.
  • Before I bang the nails in, would you say this picture was level?
  • I could hear my brother banging his drums before I'd even got to his house.
  • A door banged and footsteps ran along the corridor overhead.

bang verb (SEX)

[ T ] offensive to have sex with someone

bangnoun [ C ]

uk /bæŋ/ us /bæŋ/

bangexclamation

uk /bæŋ/ us /bæŋ/

used to suggest the sound of a sudden loud noise, such as a gunshot or an explosion:

"Bang! Bang! You're dead!" said the child, pointing a plastic gun at me.
go bang

to make a sudden loud noise:

The balloon went bang when it landed on the bush.

Idiom(s)

bangadverb

uk /bæŋ/ us /bæŋ/ informal

(Definition of “bang” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bang" in American English

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bangverb [ I/T ]

us /bæŋ/

to make or cause something to make a sudden loud, usually short noise, esp. by hitting two things together:

[ T ] He banged his head on the open cupboard door.

To bang out something is to do something quickly:

[ M ] I sat down at the piano and banged out a tune.

Phrasal verb(s)

bangnoun [ C ]

us /bæŋ/

a sudden loud, usually short noise:

She ran out of the room and slammed the door with a bang.

(Definition of “bang” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bang" in Business English

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bangnoun [ U ]

uk /bæŋ/ us
bang for the/your buck

informal if you get more bang for your buck, you get more or better results for the amount of money or effort you spend:

Charities try to get a better and bigger bang for the buck by keeping their expenses down.
It may cost more, but you get more bang for your buck if you advertise on TV rather than on radio.

(Definition of “bang” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)