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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bung:

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Definition of the noun bung

What does bung mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bungs

  1. a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bung: spile
    • more generic words: plug / stopper / stopple = blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
    • part of: barrel / cask = a cylindrical container that holds liquids

Alternative definition of the noun bung


  1. A stopper, alternative to a cork, often made of rubber used to prevent fluid passing through the neck of a bottle, vat, a hole in a vessel etc.
  2. A cecum or anus, especially of a slaughter animal.
  3. [slang] A bribe.

Specialised definition of the noun bung

Glossary of sports

an illicit fee paid to a football player, manager or agent to facilitate a player transfer (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: slang

Definition of the adjective bung

What does bung mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. [Australian slang] broken, not in working order

Definition of the verb bung

What does bung mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bunged | bunging | bungs

  1. give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
  2. close with a cork or stopper
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: close / shut = move so that an opening or passage is obstructed

Alternative definition of the verb bung


  1. [transitive] To plug, as with a bung.
  2. [transitive, informal] To put somewhere without care; chuck.
  3. [transitive] To batter, bruise; to cause to bulge or swell.
  4. [transitive] To pass a bribe.


Bung is a musical group.

  • album: "Cunning Bugger"


  1. Bung a.k.a. Aeksiri Gumbangphai is a Thai musician and the bassist of 25 Hours.
  2. Bung a.k.a. Siriyakorn Siriboon: Siriyakorn "Bung" Siriboon is a Melbourne schoolgirl who went missing on 2 June, 2011.

There are other people with Bung in their name, like Bung Salim, Bung Nguyen, Mahesh Bung and bung mokhtar radin.


Bung: A bung, stopper or cork is a truncated cylindrical or conical closure to seal a container, such as a bottle, tube or barrel. Unlike a lid, which encloses a container from the outside without displacing the inner volume, a bung is partially inserted inside the container to act as a seal.

  • also known as Stopper

Phrases with Bung

  1. Bung Up
  2. Bung-Hole
  3. To Bung Up
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