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English noun: bang

1. bang (event) a vigorous blow

SamplesThe sudden knock floored him.
He took a bash right in his face.
He got a bang on the head.

Synonymsbash, belt, knock, smash

Broader (hypernym)blow, bump

2. bang (event) a sudden very loud noise

Synonymsbam, blast, clap, eruption

Broader (hypernym)noise

Narrower (hyponym)water hammer

3. bang (body) a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead


Broader (hypernym)coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle

4. bang (feeling) the swift release of a store of affective force

SamplesThey got a great bang out of it.
What a boot!.
He got a quick rush from injecting heroin.
He does it for kicks.

Synonymsboot, charge, flush, kick, rush, thrill

Broader (hypernym)excitement, exhilaration

5. bang (act) a conspicuous success

SamplesThat song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career.
That new Broadway show is a real smasher.
The party went with a bang.

Synonymshit, smash, smasher, strike

Broader (hypernym)success

Narrower (hyponym)blockbuster, megahit, sleeper, smash hit

English adverb: bang

1. bang directly

SamplesHe ran bang into the pole.
Ran slap into her.

Synonymsbolt, slap, slapdash, smack

Domain usagecolloquialism

English verb: bang

1. bang (contact) strike violently

SamplesSlam the ball.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

2. bang (perception) to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound

SamplesOne of them banged the sash of the window nearest my bed.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

3. bang (contact) close violently

SamplesHe slammed the door shut.

ExamplesThey want to bang the doors


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)close, shut

4. bang (motion) move noisily

SamplesThe window banged shut.
The old man banged around the house.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

5. bang (contact) have sexual intercourse with

SamplesThis student sleeps with everyone in her dorm.
Adam knew Eve.
Were you ever intimate with this man?.

Synonymsbe intimate, bed, bonk, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, jazz, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, roll in the hay, screw, sleep together, sleep with

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair

Narrower (hyponym)fornicate, have, take

Verb groupmake out, neck

6. bang (contact) leap, jerk, bang

SamplesBullets spanged into the trees.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike

Domain usageaccent, dialect, idiom

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