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[hed-bang-er] /ˈhɛdˌbæŋ ər/
Origin of headbanger
1985-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He felt that a headbanger party shouldn't be allowed.
  • They're too uncomfortable for listening to anything except headbanger music.
Word Origin and History for headbanger

"devotee of heavy metal music," 1984, from head (n.) + agent noun from bang (v.).

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



A devotee of heavy metal rock music, a style dating from the mid-1960s: Hip headbangers, it seems, want nothing more than to see Bon Jovi fall off the face of the earth/ The show's naked emotionality feels as false and forced as an arena full of headbangers holding their lighters aloft during a power ballad

[1970s+; fr the frenetic reactions of such persons to the music, including actual banging of the head]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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