• To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  • To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  • To cause to move quickly up and down, or back and forth, once or repeatedly.
  • To suggest or introduce (an idea, etc.) to (off or by) somebody, in order to gain feedback.
  • To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound.
  • To move rapidly (between).
  • To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
  • To fail to cover (a draft presented against one's account).
  • To leave.
  • To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
  • (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
  • To attack unexpectedly.
  • To turn power off and back on; to reset.
  • To return undelivered.
  • To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.
  • To land hard at unsurvivable velocity with fatal results.
  • To mix (two or more tracks of a multi-track audio tape recording) and record the result onto a single track, in order to free up tracks for further material to be added.
  • To bully; to scold.
  • To boast; to bluster.
  • To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; to knock loudly.


  • A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
  • A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  • An email that returns to the sender because of a delivery failure.
  • The sack, dismissal.
  • A bang, boom.
  • A drink based on brandyW</sup>.
  • A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
  • Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
  • Scyliorhinus canicula, a European dogfish.
  • A genre of hip-hop music of New Orleans, characterized by often lewd call-and-response chants.
  • Drugs.
  • Swagger.
  • A good beat in music.
  • A talent for leaping.


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  • From Middle English bunsen ("to beat, thump"), perhaps imitative. Compare Low German bunsen ("to beat"), Dutch bonzen ("to thump, knock, throb"), and akin to bonken, and possibly English bang.

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