See also: bàng, bâng, bāng, băng, bằng, bảng, bǎng, and bång

English

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English *bangen, from Old English *bangian or borrowed from Old Norse banga (to pound, hammer); both from Proto-Germanic *bangōną (to beat, pound), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰen- (to beat, hit, injure). Cognate with Scots bang, bung (to strike, bang, hurl, thrash, offend), Icelandic banga (to pound, hammer), Old Swedish bånga ("to hammer"; whence modern Swedish banka (to knock, pound, bang)), Danish banke (to beat), bengel (club), Low German bangen, bangeln (to strike, beat), West Frisian bingel, bongel, Dutch bengel (bell; rascal), German Bengel (club), bungen (to throb, pulsate).

In the sense of a fringe of hair, from bang off.

In the sense of abrupt left turn, from Boston left and associated risk of a crash.

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bang (plural bangs)

  1. A sudden percussive noise.
    When he struck it with a hammer, there was a loud bang.
    • 1992, Bob Magor, Blood on the Board, page 39:
      A fiendish yell then followed / Ev'ry salvo's 'bang' and 'bloop'.
  2. A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
  3. An explosion.
  4. (US, archaic) Synonym of bangs: hair hanging over the forehead, especially a hairstyle with such hair cut straight across.
    Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
    • 1880, William Dean Howells, The Undiscovered Country:
      his hair cut in front like a young lady's bang
    • 1902, Barbara Baynton, Squeaker's Mate; reprinted in Carmel Bird, editor, The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, 2000, →ISBN:
      She was not much to look at. Her red hair hung in an uncurled bang over her forehead
  5. (chiefly US) The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
    An e-mail address with an ! is called a bang path.
    • 1980, C.W. Wilkinson, Peter H. Clarke, Dorothy C.M. Wilkinson, Communicating through Letters and Reports, 7th edition, page 651:
      Incidentally, a useful abbreviation for "Exclamation point" is "Bang."
  6. (mathematics) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
  7. (vulgar, slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
  8. An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  9. (slang, mining) An explosive product.
    Load the bang into the hole.
  10. (slang) An injection, a shot (of a narcotic drug). [from 20th c.]
    • 1951 December 20, William S. Burroughs, “To Allen Ginsberg”, in Oliver Harris, editor, The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1945–1959, New York: Penguin, published 1993, →ISBN, page 98:
      Of course, I take a bang or some mud in coffee now and then, and I pick up on gage right smart.
    • 1952 January 19, William S. Burroughs, “To Allen Ginsberg”, in Oliver Harris, editor, The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1945–1959, New York: Penguin, published 1993, →ISBN, page 101:
      As for myself, I take a bang now and then—I know plenty of croakers—but I really couldn't keep up a habit without a lot of running around and bother.
  11. (slang, US, Boston area) An abrupt left turn.
  12. (Ireland, colloquial, slang) strong smell (of)
    There was a bang of onions off his breath.
  13. (slang) A thrill.
    • 1951, J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown and Company, →OCLC, page 38:
      I hate the movies like poison, but I get a bang imitating them.
    • 1993, Douglas Woolf, Sandra Braman, Hypocritic Days & Other Tales, page 40:
      "We all know you give great parties, Mr. Lippincott."
      "It gives me a bang, even a bigger bang than this," Mr. Lippincott said, indicating his drink and then finishing it.
    • 2000, James Hadley Chase, Make the Corpse Walk, page 31:
      Yes, he got a bang out of cheating Rollo.
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  • (antonym(s) of abrupt left turn): hang
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Verb

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bang (third-person singular simple present bangs, present participle banging, simple past and past participle banged)

  1. (intransitive) To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something.
    The fireworks banged away all through the night.
    Stop banging on the door. I heard you the first time!
    My head was banging after drinking all night at the concert.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To hit hard.
    He banged the door shut.
    David and Mary banged into each other.
  3. (slang, transitive, intransitive, vulgar) To engage in sexual intercourse.
    We can hear the couple banging upstairs.
    Synonyms: nail, do it, have sex; see also Thesaurus:copulate, Thesaurus:copulate with
  4. (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
    Hold the picture while I bang in this nail.
  5. (transitive) To cut squarely across, as the tail of a horse, or a person's forelock; to cut (the hair).
  6. (transitive, slang, drugs) To inject intravenously.
    Do you smoke meth? No, I bang it.
  7. (finance, transitive, dated) To depress the prices in (a market).
    • 1821, Bank of England, The Bank - The Stock Exchange - The Bankers ..., page 64:
      This accompt has been made to appear a bull accompt, i.e. that the bulls cannot take their stock. The fact is the reverse; it is a bear accompt, but the bears, unable to deliver their stock, have conjointly banged the market, and pocketed the tickets, to defeat the rise and loss that would have ensued to them by their buying on a rising price on the accompt day []
    • 1902, Truth, volume 50, page 1138:
      [] the London "Bears" have promptly banged the market again []
  8. (slang, transitive, obsolete) To excel or surpass.
  9. (intransitive, stative, slang) To be excellent; to be banging
    This song bangs!
    Synonyms: eat, rule, rock, slap
  10. (Nigeria, slang) To fail, especially an exam; to flunk.
  11. (New England, slang, intransitive) To make a turn in a vehicle; to hang a right, left, or uey.
    Bang a right at the next stoplight.
  12. (US, slang) Shortened form of gangbang, to participate in street gang criminal activity.
    You know I still bang.
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Adverb

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bang (comparative more bang, superlative most bang)

  1. Right, directly.
    The passenger door was bang against the garage wall.
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      After yet another missed penalty by Kvirikashvili from bang in front of the posts, England scored again, centre Tuilagi flying into the line and touching down under the bar.
  2. Precisely.
    He arrived bang on time.
  3. With a sudden impact.
    Distracted, he ran bang into the opening door.

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bang

  1. A sudden percussive sound, such as made by the firing of a gun, slamming of a door, etc.
    He pointed his finger at her like a gun and said, "Bang!"
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Noun

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bang (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of bhang (cannabis)

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Acehnese

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IPA(key): /baŋ/

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bang

  1. adhan (islamic call to prayer)

Afrikaans

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Etymology

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From Dutch bang (afraid), from Middle Dutch banghe.

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bang (attributive bange, comparative banger, superlative bangste)

  1. afraid

Bislama

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Etymology 1

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From English bank.

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bang

  1. A bank
    • 2008, Miriam Meyerhoff, Social lives in language--sociolinguistics and multilingual speech[2], →ISBN, page 344:
      Bang i wantem mi faen from mi ovaspen.
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)

Etymology 2

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From English bang.

Noun

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bang

  1. accident
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Cebuano

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Onomatopoeic.

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bang

  1. the sound of an explosion or a gun

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Dutch

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From Middle Dutch banghe, from be- + anghe. The latter word is an adverbial form of enge (narrow, confined), compare angst (fear). See also Middle Low German bange, Middle High German bange, German bang, West Frisian bang.

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bang (comparative banger, superlative bangst)

  1. scared, frightened
    Wees maar niet bang.
    Please don't be afraid.
    Ik ben bang voor het donker!
    I am scared of the dark!
  2. fearful
  3. anxious
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  • The adjective is accompanied with zijn (to be); for example: Ik ben bang "I am afraid". Usage with hebben (to have) also occurs - for example: Ik heb bang - but is generally proscribed as a contamination with ik heb angst.
  • In Southern Dutch, the phrase schrik hebben is used as well besides bang zijn.
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Declension of bang
uninflected bang
inflected bange
comparative banger
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial bang banger het bangst
het bangste
indefinite m./f. sing. bange bangere bangste
n. sing. bang banger bangste
plural bange bangere bangste
definite bange bangere bangste
partitive bangs bangers
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  • Afrikaans: bang
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: banggi
  • Jersey Dutch: bāng
  • Negerhollands: bang, baṅ
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Etymology 2

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Of onomatopoeic origin, possibly from English bang.

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bang m (plural bangen, diminutive bangetje n)

  1. A sharp, percussive sound, like the sound of an explosion or gun; bang

French

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bang

  1. bang

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bang m (plural bangs)

  1. sonic boom
  2. bong (marijuana pipe)

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German

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  • bange (both are roughly equally common)

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Originally an adverb, cf. mir ist bange. From Middle High German bange, an enlargement (with the prefix be-) of ange, Old High German ango (narrowly, anxiously), an adverb of engi (narrow), from Proto-Germanic *anguz.

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bang (strong nominative masculine singular banger, comparative banger or bänger, superlative am bangsten or am bängsten)

  1. scared, frightened, afraid, fearful
    Synonym: ängstlich
    • 1851, Heinrich Heine, “Lazarus”, in Romanzero[3], Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe:
      Und ist man tot, so muß man lang / Im Grabe liegen; ich bin bang, / Ja, ich bin bang, das Auferstehen / Wird nicht so schnell von Statten gehen.
      And when one is dead, one must lie long in the grave; I'm afraid / Yes, I'm afraid, the resurrection / Won't happen so quickly.
    • 2001, Winfried Georg Sebald, Austerlitz, Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag, →ISBN, page 376:
      [] wenn sie, was mich stets in eine bange Stimmung versetzte, nicht in Paris war, machte ich mich regelmäßig auf, die Randbezirke der Stadt zu erkunden []
      when she, which always placed me into a state of dread, wasn’t in Paris, I regularly set off to reconnoitre the outlying districts of the city []

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Further reading

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  • bang” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • bang” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon

Icelandic

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From Old Norse [Term?].

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bang n (genitive singular bangs, no plural)

  1. pounding, hammering, banging

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Indonesian

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Etymology 1

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Clipping of abang (brother).

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bang

  1. Title or term of address for brother
    Bang Erwin, mau ke mana?Brother Erwin, where are you going?

Etymology 2

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Onomatopoeic

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bang

  1. A sudden percussive noise.

Etymology 3

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From Malay bang, from Persian بانگ (bâng, voice, sound, noise, cry), from Middle Persian 𐭥𐭠𐭭𐭢 (ʿʾng /⁠vāng⁠/).[1]

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bang (first-person possessive bangku, second-person possessive bangmu, third-person possessive bangnya)

  1. (obsolete) adhan
    Synonym: azan
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  1. ^ Mohammad Khosh Haikal Azad (2018) “Historical Cultural Linkages between Iran and Southeast Asia: Entered Persian Vocabularies in the Malay Language”, in Journal of Cultural Relation (in Persian), pages 117-144

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Irish

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Etymology 1

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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bang m (genitive singular banga, nominative plural banganna)

  1. (swimming) stroke, single effort
    Synonyms: béim, buille, oscar
  2. effort, (vigorous) movement
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Etymology 2

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From Old Irish bang (ban, interdict).

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bang f (genitive singular bainge, nominative plural banga)

  1. ban, interdict, taboo
  2. restraint
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bang m (genitive singular baing, nominative plural baing)

  1. Alternative form of banc (bank)
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Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bang bhang mbang
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Javanese

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bang

  1. Romanization of ꦧꦁ

Lashi

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Etymology

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From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *hwaŋ (to shine). Cognates include S'gaw Karen ဘီ (baw, yellow) and Burmese ဝင်း (wang:, bright).

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bang

  1. bright

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  • Hkaw Luk (2017) A grammatical sketch of Lacid[4], Chiang Mai: Payap University (master thesis)

Malay

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From Persian بانگ (voice, sound, noise, cry).

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bang (Jawi spelling بڠ, plural bang-bang, informal 1st possessive bangku, 2nd possessive bangmu, 3rd possessive bangnya)

  1. adhan
    Synonym: azan

Etymology 2

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Clipping of abang (brother).

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bang (Jawi spelling بڠ, plural bang-bang, informal 1st possessive bangku, 2nd possessive bangmu, 3rd possessive bangnya)

  1. (colloquial) brother (older male sibling)
    Synonyms: abang (bung), kakak, engko, nana, uda

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bang

  1. Nonstandard spelling of bāng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of bǎng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of bàng.

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  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.

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bang

  1. (Islam) adhan, call to prayer

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Northern Kurdish

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bang ?

  1. a shout.

Old Norse

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Etymology

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Onomatopoeic or unknown origin.

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bang n (genitive bangs, plural bǫng)

  1. pounding, hammering, banging
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References

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  • bang”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Pennsylvania German

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Etymology

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Compare German bang, Dutch bang.

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bang

  1. afraid, scared, fearful
  2. timid
  3. uneasy

Romanian

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Onomatopoeic.

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bang

  1. bang

Swedish

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Etymology

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From Middle Low German bange, formed from be- + enge (from Old Saxon engi, angi (narrow)). Related to English angst and anger.

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bang

  1. scared, anxious

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bang c

  1. A sudden percussive noise

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Declension of bang 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bang bangen bangar bangarna
Genitive bangs bangens bangars bangarnas

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Etymology

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From Proto-Tai *C̥.baːŋᴬ (thin (not thick)). Cognate with Lao ບາງ (bāng), Shan မၢင် (mǎang) or ဝၢင် (wǎang), Tai Nüa ᥛᥣᥒ (maang), Ahom 𑜈𑜂𑜫 (baṅ), Zhuang mbang. Compare Sui qbaangl, Southern Kam mangl, Thai บาง (baang) and Proto-Be *viaŋᴬ¹ (thin (not thick)) (> ɓiaŋ¹~viaŋ¹ across the different lects).

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bang

  1. thin
    slửa bangthin shirt
  2. sparse
    doòng ỏi bangsparse clumps of sugar cane
  3. rare
    rườn lục banga family with few children
  4. weak
    mốc bangweak stomach
  5. ashamed
    nả bangeasily ashamed

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References

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  • Lương Bèn (2011) Từ điển Tày-Việt [Tay-Vietnamese dictionary]‎[5][6] (in Vietnamese), Thái Nguyên: Nhà Xuất bản Đại học Thái Nguyên

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bang

  1. what

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  • Zomi Ordbog based on the work of D.L. Haokip

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From Proto-Vietic *t-ɓaːŋ.

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bang

  1. (Cuối Chăm) muntjac

Vietnamese

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Sino-Vietnamese word from .

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(classifier cái) bang

  1. (Vietnam) state (a political division of a federation)
    Thành phố Oklahoma là thủ phủ bang Oklahoma.
    Oklahoma City is the capital of the state of Oklahoma.
    bang Kê-ra-la trong nước Cộng hòa Ấn Độ
    the State of Kerala in the Republic of India
    Thụy Sĩ có 26 bang.
    Switzerland has 26 cantons.
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bang

  1. (Central Vietnam, Southern Vietnam) to crash into; to collide with; to hit
    Synonyms: , tông

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Sino-Vietnamese word from .

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bang

  1. (historical) community of overseas Chinese in French Indochina who emigrated from the same province of China
    bang Phúc Kiến
    the Fukien Chinese expatriates' society
  2. Short for bang tá (assistant district chief).
  3. Short for bang biện (assistant district chief).
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bang

  1. wall

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  • Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 41