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Webster 1913 Edition


Bung

Bung

(bŭng)
,
Noun.
[Cf. W.
bwng
orfice, bunghole, Ir.
buinne
tap, spout, OGael.
buine
.]
1.
The large stopper of the orifice in the bilge of a cask.
2.
The orifice in the bilge of a cask through which it is filled; bunghole.
3.
A sharper or pickpocket.
[Obs. & Low]
You filthy
bung
, away.
Shakespeare

Bung

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Bunged
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Bunging
.]
To stop, as the orifice in the bilge of a cask, with a bung; to close; – with up.
To bung up
,
to use up, as by bruising or over exertion; to exhaust or incapacitate for action.
[Low]
He had
bunged up
his mouth that he should not have spoken these three years.
Shelton (Trans. Don Quixote).

Webster 1828 Edition


Bung

BUNG

, n.
1.
The stopple of the orifice in the bilge of a cask.
2.
The hole or orifice in the bilge of a cast.

BUNG

,
Verb.
T.
To stop the orifice in the bilge of a cask with a bung; to close up.

Definition 2023


bung

bung

See also: bụng

English

Wooden bungs for wine barrels

Noun

bung (plural bungs)

  1. 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.
  2. A cecum or anus, especially of a slaughter animal.
  3. (slang) A bribe.
    • 2006 December 21, Leader, “Poorly tackled”, in the Guardian:
      It is almost a year since Luton Town's manager, Mike Newell, decided that whistle-blowing was no longer the preserve of referees and went public about illegal bungs.
  4. The orifice in the bilge of a cask through which it is filled; bunghole.
  5. (obsolete, slang) A sharper or pickpocket.
    • Shakespeare
      You filthy bung, away.
Translations

Verb

bung (third-person singular simple present bungs, present participle bunging, simple past and past participle bunged)

  1. (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.
  2. (Britain, Australia, transitive, informal) To put or throw somewhere without care; to chuck.
    • 2004, Bob Ashley, Food and cultural studies
      And to sustain us while we watch or read, we go to the freezer, take out a frozen pizza, bung it in the microwave and make do.
  3. (transitive) To batter, bruise; to cause to bulge or swell.
  4. (transitive) To pass a bribe.
Derived terms
  • bung it on verb
  • bung on verb
Translations

Etymology 2

From Yagara bang (dead).

Adjective

bung (not comparable)

  1. (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.”
Derived terms
  • go bung

References

  • bung” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • 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

Albanian

Etymology

From Proto-Albanian *bunga, from either (1) *bʰeh₂ǵnos, nasalized variant of Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵós ‘beech’ (compare English beech, Ancient Greek φηγός (phēgós, oak); or (2) earlier *bunka, from *bʰeu-n-iko, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to grow) (compare Armenian բուն (bun, tree trunk), Dutch bonk ‘clump, lump’).

Noun

bung m

  1. chestnut oak (Quercus sessilis)

Hypernyms

Coordinate terms


Indonesian

Noun

bung

  1. A father figure, figurative father.
    Bung Karno - Father Sukarno

See also


Malay

Pronunciation

Noun

bung

  1. brother (older male sibling)

Synonyms


Tok Pisin

Verb

bung

  1. To gather, meet
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:9 (translation here):
      Bihain God i tok olsem, “Wara i stap aninit long skai i mas i go bung long wanpela hap tasol, bai ples drai i kamap.” Orait ples drai i kamap.

Derived terms

  • bungim
  • bungples
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