Definitions and meaning of bung
- IPA(key): /ˈbʌŋ/
- Rhymes: -ʌŋ
From Medieval Dutch bonge, bonne or bonghe (“stopper”), or perhaps from French bonde, which may itself be either of Germanic origin or from Proto-Celtic *bunda—either way probably from puncta (“hole”), the feminine singular form of Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (“pierce into, prick”).
bung (plural bungs)
- A stopper, alternative to a cork, often made of rubber used to prevent fluid passing through the neck of a bottle, vat, a hole in a vessel etc.
- 1996, Dudley Pope, Life in Nelson's Navy
- With the heavy seas trying to broach the boat they baled — and eventually found someone had forgotten to put the bung in.
- 2008, Christine Carroll, The Senator's Daughter
- Andre pulled the bung from the top of a barrel, applied a glass tube with a suction device, and withdrew a pale, almost greenish liquid.
- A cecum or anus, especially of a slaughter animal.
- (slang) A bribe.
- The orifice in the bilge of a cask through which it is filled; bunghole.
- (obsolete, slang) A sharper or pickpocket.
bung (third-person singular simple present bungs, present participle bunging, simple past and past participle bunged)
- (transitive) To plug, as with a bung.
- 1810, Agricultural Surveys: Worcester (1810)
- It has not yet been ascertained, which is the precise time when it becomes indispensable to bung the cider. The best, I believe, that can be done, is to seize the critical moment which precedes the formation of a pellicle on the surface...
- 2006, A. G. Payne, Cassell's Shilling Cookery
- Put the wine into a cask, cover up the bung-hole to keep out the dust, and when the hissing sound ceases, bung the hole closely, and leave the wine untouched for twelve months.
- (Britain, Australia, transitive, informal) To put or throw somewhere without care; to chuck.
- (transitive) To batter, bruise; to cause to bulge or swell.
- (transitive) To pass a bribe.
- bung it on (verb)
- bung on (verb)
- bung up (verb)
Borrowed from Yagara bang (“dead”).
bung (not comparable)
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Broken, not in working order.
- 1922, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Karen Oslund (introduction), The Worst Journey in the World, 2004, page 365,
- The evening we reached the glacier Bowers[Henry Robertson Bowers] wrote:
- […] My right eye has gone bung, and my left one is pretty dicky.
- 1953, Eric Linklater, A Year of Space, page 206,
- ‘Morning Mrs. Weissnicht. I′ve just heard as how your washing-machine′s gone bung.’
- 1997, Lin Van Hek, The Ballad of Siddy Church, page 219,
- It′s the signal box, the main switchboard, that′s gone bung!
- 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, page 9,
- Henry had said, “Half a million bloomin′ acres. A quarter of a million blanky sheep shorn a year, and they can′t keep on two blokes. It′s not because wer′e union, mate. It′s because we′re newchums. Something′s gone bung with this country.”
From bouget (“wallet, purse or bag”), from Middle English bogett, bouget, bowgette (“leather pouch”), from Old French bougette, diminutive of bouge (“leather bag, wallet”), from Late Latin bulga (“wallet, purse”), from Gaulish bolgā, from Proto-Celtic *bolgos (“sack, bag, stomach”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰólǵʰ-os (“skin bag, bolster”), from *bʰelǵʰ- (“to swell”).
bung (plural bungs)
- (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) A purse.
- bung-nipper (“pickpocket”)
- Douglas Harper, “bung”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
- Australian National Dictionary, 1988
- Macquarie Dictionary, Second edition, 1991
- Macquarie Slang Dictionary, Revised edition, 2000
- Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, “bung”, in A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant […], volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: […] The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, OCLC 882571771, page 117.
- Farmer, John Stephen, Slang and Its Analogues, volume 1, 1890, page 383
From Proto-Albanian *bunga, from either (1) *bʰeh₂ǵnos, nasalized variant of Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵos (“beech”), or (2) earlier *bunka, from *bʰeu-n-iko, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (“to grow”) (compare Dutch bonk (“clump, lump”)).
bung m (indefinite plural bungje, definite singular bungu, definite plural bungjet)
- sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
bung (plural, first-person possessive bungku, second-person possessive bungmu, third-person possessive bungnya)
- A father figure, figurative father.
- (colloquial, used in the vocative) A term of address for someone, typically a man; A dude, fella, mac
- (informal) Used to address a man whose name is unknown.
- ayah (“birth father”)
- “bung” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.
- (Johor-Selangor) IPA(key): /boŋ/
- (Riau-Lingga) IPA(key): /bʊŋ/
- Rhymes: -oŋ
- brother (older male sibling)
- abang (bang)
From Pre-Palauan *buŋa, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *buŋa. Cognate with Malay bunga, Tagalog bunga.
From Japanese 分 (fun, “minute”).
- bung in Palauan Language Online: Palauan-English Dictionary, at tekinged.com.
- bung in Palauan-English Dictionary, at trussel2.com.
- bung in Lewis S. Josephs; Edwin G. McManus; Masa-aki Emesiochel, Palauan-English Dictionary, University Press of Hawaii, 1977, →ISBN, page 30.
- To gather, meet
- (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [ʔɓʊwŋ͡m˧˧]
- (Huế) IPA(key): [ʔɓʊwŋ͡m˧˧]
- (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [ʔɓʊwŋ͡m˧˧]
- to swell from inside out
- to burst
- to plug with a stopper.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)