bam


bam

noun

  1. a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force.

verb (used without object), bammed, bam·ming.

  1. to make or emit a bam.

  1. Bachelor of Applied Mathematics.
  2. Bachelor of Arts in Music.

interjection, imitative of the sound of a hard hit, first recorded 1922 (from 1917 as the sound of an artillery shell bursting). Middle English had a verb bammen “to hit or strike” (late 14c.). A literary work from c.1450 represents the sound of repeated impact by Lus, bus! las, das!, and Middle English had lushe “a stroke, blow” (c.1400); lushen “to strike, knock, beat” (c.1300).

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