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[bam] /bæm/
a loud thud, as that produced when two objects strike against each other with force.
verb (used without object), bammed, bamming.
to make or emit a bam.
Origin of bam


Bachelor of Applied Mathematics.
Bachelor of Arts in Music. Unabridged
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  • Now only three miles remain, and their sight, sharpened by an outdoor life, distinguishes the gardens of bam.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • It is now nine o'clock and in an hour the people of bam will be asleep.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • "I never change my mind, bam Lai," said Isaacs, smiling as he quoted his visitor's own words.

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
  • Fussing back and forth, thuslike, I makes yet more acquaintances and then—bam!

    J. Poindexter, Colored Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Shah Sevar pulls up his dromedary and orders a halt in muffled tones, as though he feared that his voice might be heard in bam.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
Word Origin and History for bam

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bam

bam 1


(also bamm, bammo) An exclamation imitating a hard blow: I got tested and bammo! The bad news


The sound of a hard blow: It struck the desk with a resounding bam


To strike or hit: Heads may be biffed or bammed (1918+)

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wham-bam thank you ma'am

bam 2


A mixture of a depressant with a stimulant drug, esp of a barbiturate with an amphetamine

[1970s+; fr barbiturate + amphetamine]

bam 3


A woman marine

[WWII; fr broad-assed marine]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Bachelor of Applied Mathematics
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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