- 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise bang on something She banged on the door angrily. bang something (with something) The baby was banging the table with his spoon. Synonymshitknock bang strike bump bashThese words all mean to come against something with a lot of force.hit to come against something with force, especially causing damage or injury:The boy was hit by a speeding car.knock to hit something so that it moves or breaks; to put somebody/something into a particular state or position by hitting them/it:Someone had knocked a hole in the wall.bang to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise:The baby was banging the table with his spoon.strike (formal) to hit somebody/something hard:The ship struck a rock.bump to hit somebody/something accidentally:In the darkness I bumped into a chair.bash (informal) to hit against something very hard:I braked too late, bashing into the car in front.Patterns to hit/knock/bang/bump/bash against somebody/something to knock/bang/bump/bash into somebody/something to hit/strike the ground/floor/wall
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to close something or to be closed with a loud noise synonym slam A window was banging somewhere (= opening and closing noisily). + adj. The door banged shut behind her. bang something Don't bang the door when you go out!
- 3[transitive] bang something + adv./prep. to put something somewhere suddenly and violently synonym slam He banged the money down on the counter. She banged saucepans around irritably.
- 4[transitive] bang something (+ adv./prep.) to hit something, especially a part of the body, against something by accident synonym bump She tripped and banged her knee on the desk. See related entries: Injuries
- 5[transitive] bang somebody (taboo, slang) (of a man) to have sex with a woman Word Origin mid 16th cent.: imitative, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse bang
BrE BrE//bæŋ//; NAmE NAmE//bæŋ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bang
BrE BrE//bæŋ//; NAmE NAmE//bæŋ//he / she / it bangs
BrE BrE//bæŋz//; NAmE NAmE//bæŋz//past simple banged
BrE BrE//bæŋd//; NAmE NAmE//bæŋd//past participle banged
BrE BrE//bæŋd//; NAmE NAmE//bæŋd//-ing form banging
BrE BrE//ˈbæŋɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋɪŋ//Injuries