1. A stopper, especially for the hole through which a cask, keg, or barrel is filled or emptied.
2. A bunghole.
tr.v. bunged, bung·ing, bungs
1. To close with a cork or stopper.
2. Informal To injure or damage: fell on skis and bunged up my leg.
3. Chiefly British To fling; toss.
[Middle English bunge, from Middle Dutch bonge, from Late Latin pūncta, hole, from Latin, feminine past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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