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bunger

[buhng-er] /ˈbʌŋ ər/
noun, Australian.
1.
a firecracker.
Origin
perhaps bung3 + -er1

bung2

[buhng] /bʌŋ/
adjective, Australian.
1.
out of order; broken; unusable.
2.
3.
Slang. dead.
Origin
1840-50; perhaps < Waga (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Kingaroy, S Queensland) bongī dead
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British Dictionary definitions for bunger

bunger

/ˈbʌŋə/
noun
1.
(Austral, slang) a firework

bung1

/bʌŋ/
noun
1.
a stopper, esp of cork or rubber, for a cask, piece of laboratory glassware, etc
2.
short for bunghole
verb (transitive)
3.
(often foll by up) to close or seal with or as with a bung: the car's exhaust was bunged up with mud
4.
(Brit & Austral, slang) to throw; sling
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch bonghe, from Late Latin punctapuncture

bung2

/bʌŋ/
noun
1.
a gratuity; tip
2.
a bribe
verb
3.
(transitive) bung it on, to behave in a pretentious manner
Word Origin
C16 (originally in the sense: a purse): perhaps from Old English pung, changed over time through the influence of bung1

bung3

/bʌŋ/
adjective (Austral & NZ, informal)
1.
useless
2.
go bung
  1. to fail or collapse
  2. to die
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for bunger

bung

n.

mid-15c., "large stopper for a cask," from Middle Dutch bonge "stopper;" or perhaps from French bonde "bung, bunghole" (15c.), which may be of Germanic origin (or the Germanic words may be borrowed from Romanic), or it may be from Gaulish *bunda (cf. Old Irish bonn, Gaelic bonn, Welsh bon "base, sole of the foot"). It is possible that either or both of these sources is ultimately from Latin puncta in the sense of "hole." Transferred to the cask-mouth itself (also bung-hole) from 1570s.

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