Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bung n.2

[SE bung, the mouth of a cask, the stopper of a barrel of beer; note Welsh bwng, an orifice]

1. as a hole, lit. or fig.

(a) the anus.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd edn).
[UK]Banquet of Wit 14: Let them all be turned bung up [...] I’ll take care to leave scarce a crevice open.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 98: A psychiatrist fellow, quite Jung, / Asked his wife, ‘May I bugger your bung?’.
[US] in E. Cray 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.
[US] in E. Cray 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.
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 6: bunghole (n.): The anus. Contracted to bung.

(b) (also bung head) a general insult.

[US]F.M. Whitcher 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.
[Aus]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.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 91: Bung A person who always fools around.

2. in the context of brewing.

(a) a brewer (also personnified with a capital B); a brewery.

[UK]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].
[UK]Graphic 23 Feb. 170 1: That Sir Wilfrid Lawson had turned bung, and applied for a spirit licence [F&H].
[US]Dly Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 1 Nov. 3/3: A ‘bung’ is a brewer.
[Aus]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.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 20 Mar. 5/2: ‘What do you mean, you, you — ?’ said bung.
[Aus]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.

(b) beer.

[UK] in Punch CI:31 Oct. 213: Perchance he was a temperance foe / To alcoholic drink, / And from all dalliance with Bung / Did scrupulously shrink.
[UK]M. Williams Round London 39: The gathering included many disciples of Bung, as was proved by red and pimply noses, beery breath, and sour skins.
[NZ]G. Meek ‘Wool, Wether And Wine’ Station Days in Maoriland 74: Would he ‘grind’ again or ring a shed for ‘Bung’ at the Shearer’s Rest.

(c) an inn-keeper or publican; thus the bung ball, an annual publican’s dance.

[UK]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’.
[UK]R. Nicholson 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.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sporting Times 17 Jan. 1/4: The Pint, a broadsheet for bungs and beaks.
[UK]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.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 3/3: ‘Bung’ On The Job. The Licensed Victuallers, at their annual meeting, passed the following resolution [etc.].
[UK]J. Astley 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.
[Aus]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.
[UK]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.
[NZ]N.Z. Truth 4 Aug. 5/3: ‘Bung’ as a rule is a greedy grab-all.
[Aus]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.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 163: So the bung says, ‘Try an onion’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 25 June 1s/2: In this boshter beaker / All brave Bungs I pledge.
[Aus]E. Dyson 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.
[Aus]B. Wannan Folklore of the Aus. Pub 125: Bung: a publican.

(d) (Aus.) generic for the brewery interest; also attrib.

[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 32: BUNG: [...] the whole personal [sic] of the drink trade.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Dec. 1/1: The advent of the Pinjarra publican has chased the cobwebs from bung society.
[Aus]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.

In compounds

bungwad (n.) [sense 1a + SE wad] (US)

1. lavatory paper.

[US]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.

In phrases

hit the bung (v.)

(US) to get drunk.

[US]D.M. Garrison ‘Song of the Pipeline’ in Botkin 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.
rivers bob ‘what if god smoked cannabis?’ lyrics at [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

In compounds

bung-starter (n.) [SE bung-starter, an implement used to remove the bungs from casks of beer]

(US) a bartender; a publican.

in Bill Nye’s Western Humor (1968) 117: Men with [...] breath like a veteran bung-starter.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 1 Apr. 1/7: The burly bung-starter straightened himself up, [...] thundered back [etc.].
[UK]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.
[US]O.O. McIntyre White Light Nights 16: Where once the bungstarter spoke with authority, the Bowery now ‘says it with flowers’.
[US](con. 1918) J.W. Thomason Red Pants 109: Billie Bean [...] roared like a lion, caught up a bung-starter and came into action.
[US]A. Hardin ‘Volstead English’ in AS VII:2 86: Terms for those who deal in liquor: [...] Bungstarter.

In phrases

pull the bung out (v.)

(US) to deflate someone’s ego, of an object, to wreck.

[Aus]‘Neville Shute’ On the Beach 55: Come down and see it before he pulls the bung out.
put a bung in it (v.)

1. to stop talking, also as imper.

[Aus]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.

[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 40: Bung In It, Put A: [...] Close the door.
take the bung out of (v.)

to tease, to deflate someone’s ego.

C.A. Lee Murders at White House Farm 383: That cartoon was horrible. You did get the bung taken out of you something terrible.