1. as a hole, lit. or fig.
(a) the anus.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd edn).|
|Banquet of Wit 14: Let them all be turned bung up [...] I’ll take care to leave scarce a crevice open.|
|in Limerick (1953) 98: A psychiatrist fellow, quite Jung, / Asked his wife, ‘May I bugger your bung?’.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 206: She was short and underslung; / He missed her cunt and hit her bung. / And planted the seed of many a son / In the butthole of Kathusalem.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 206: The son of a bitch was underslung. / He missed her hole and hit her bung / And drove his dong into her dung, / Down by Jerusalem.|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 6: bunghole (n.): The anus. Contracted to bung.|
(b) (also bung head) a general insult.
|Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 67: For who did she git but a decreppid old bung head that she wouldent a had if she could a got any body else.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Dec. 40/3: Take my tip, you and Maunder stick to bilking bungs and other fatheads, else you’ll find yourself in Queer-street some fine day. Love to Jerry. Lord, how he did run when he twigged my persuader.|
|CUSS 91: Bung A person who always fools around.et al.|
2. in the context of brewing.
(a) a brewer (also personnified with a capital B); a brewery.
|Cornhill Mag. (The Inner LIfe of a Man-of-War) Feb. n.p.: From time immemorial these gentlemen [master’s assistants] have had to stand at the grog-butt and see the grog served out – an important duty, the discharge of which has invested them, such is the playfulness of naval humour, with the title of bungs [F&H].|
|Graphic 23 Feb. 170 1: That Sir Wilfrid Lawson had turned bung, and applied for a spirit licence [F&H].|
|Dly Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 1 Nov. 3/3: A ‘bung’ is a brewer.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 16/3: One other [...] promptly wired to Cohen that he could go to Sheol, packed his traps in a jam-tin, and skipped for the wild and woolly West, where he now travels the goldfields for Bung and votes the Labor ticket.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 20 Mar. 5/2: ‘What do you mean, you, you — ?’ said bung.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Dec. 18/1: The barmaids had gone out on strike, / They would not pull the pump – / For threats of Bung and wheedlings / They did not care a dump.|
|in Punch CI:31 Oct. 213: Perchance he was a temperance foe / To alcoholic drink, / And from all dalliance with Bung / Did scrupulously shrink.|
|Round London 39: The gathering included many disciples of Bung, as was proved by red and pimply noses, beery breath, and sour skins.|
|Station Days in Maoriland 74: Would he ‘grind’ again or ring a shed for ‘Bung’ at the Shearer’s Rest.‘Wool, Wether And Wine’|
(c) an inn-keeper or publican; thus the bung ball, an annual publican’s dance.
|Era (London) 15 Mar. 12/1: There would be a spin between ‘Stunning Joe Banks’ and his brother ‘bung,’ the host of the Running Horse, for a ‘fiver’ and a ‘spread’.|
|Rogue’s Progress (1966) 211: [ad. for a play] The Licensed Victualler By the Editor of ‘The Town.’ Benjamin Bung (L.V.S. and A.T.T.) . . . . Mr. George Wild.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Sporting Times 17 Jan. 1/4: The Pint, a broadsheet for bungs and beaks.|
|Sporting Times 22 Mar. 1/4: We usually find the lucky bungs know better than to leave the tills about without emptying them for six months at a time.|
|Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 3/3: ‘Bung’ On The Job. The Licensed Victuallers, at their annual meeting, passed the following resolution [etc.].|
|Fifty Years (2nd edn) II 152: It dawned on them that a sporting ‘Bart.’ was a bit more liberal to the men of thews and sinews then the sporting ‘Bung’ usually was.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Apr. 14/4: ‘Brandy’ and ‘Judy’ were ‘on the drunk.’ Judy planked a sixpence on the counter and demanded more rum, but Bung, thinking she had taken enough, refused and shoved her out of the bar.|
|Sporting Times 1 Apr. 1/1: He had no alternative but to dispatch a wayside lout to the nearest pub. for a tankard of petrol. ‘Oh, for the Bishop of ——, eh?’ sneered the bung.|
|N.Z. Truth 4 Aug. 5/3: ‘Bung’ as a rule is a greedy grab-all.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Dec. 32/1: A male cook of any color – black, white or brindle – would require more than double the wages she receives. Yet Bung, while sweating her, has the hide to paste an advt. of his virtues on her back.|
|Cockney At Home 163: So the bung says, ‘Try an onion’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 25 June 1s/2: In this boshter beaker / All brave Bungs I pledge.|
|Missing Link [Internet] Ch. iv: These young men must be divorced from the long-sleever, and rescued from [...] the blandishments of Bung, the reprobate who runs the pub.|
|Folklore of the Aus. Pub 125: Bung: a publican.|
(d) (Aus.) generic for the brewery interest; also attrib.
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 32: BUNG: [...] the whole personal [sic] of the drink trade.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Dec. 1/1: The advent of the Pinjarra publican has chased the cobwebs from bung society.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 July 10/2: Bung and Cold Tea have been fighting one another over every little point either of them could think of; and just when Cold Tea’s whiskers were uppermost, Bung, with his shoulders all but on the carpet, got in a useful twist which reversed the positions.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Pullman Herald (WA) 25 Oct. 7/2: On receiving their money the gang at once proceeded to fill up on bung juice [...] A number of arrests were made.|
1. lavatory paper.
|Immortalia 142: Is there plenty of bungwad suspended?|
2. a general insult.
|Planet Quake 30 Dec. [Internet] Don’t be a bungwad. If you don’t care for the first [girl] anymore, cut her loose.|
(US) to get drunk.
|Folk-Say 107: I was hitting the bung and raising hell almighty when all of a sudden like I gets salvation and stops boozing and cussing.‘Song of the Pipeline’ in Botkin|
|‘what if god smoked cannabis?’ lyrics at LyricsFind.com [Internet] What if God smoked cannabis? / Hit the bung like some of us? / Drove a tie-dyed microbus, / And he subscribed to Rolling Stone?|
SE in slang uses
(US) a bartender; a publican.
|in Bill Nye’s Western Humor (1968) 117: Men with [...] breath like a veteran bung-starter.|
|Truth (Sydney) 1 Apr. 1/7: The burly bung-starter straightened himself up, [...] thundered back [etc.].|
|Sporting Times 25 Mar. 2/3: Miss Flint picked up a lignum-vitae bungstarter to defend herself, thinking it clear that I was only getting ready to jump over the bar.|
|White Light Nights 16: Where once the bungstarter spoke with authority, the Bowery now ‘says it with flowers’.|
|(con. 1918) Red Pants 109: Billie Bean [...] roared like a lion, caught up a bung-starter and came into action.|
|AS VII:2 86: Terms for those who deal in liquor: [...] Bungstarter.‘Volstead English’ in|
(US) to deflate someone’s ego, of an object, to wreck.
|On the Beach 55: Come down and see it before he pulls the bung out.|
1. to stop talking, also as imper.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Feb. 10/4: It really jars, Ned, understand! / So please put in the bung – / ‘Three cheers for Mr. Clifford, and / The health of Mr. Young.’.|
2. to shut the door.
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 40: Bung In It, Put A: [...] Close the door.|
to tease, to deflate someone’s ego.
|Murders at White House Farm 383: That cartoon was horrible. You did get the bung taken out of you something terrible.|