Foam on the bunghole of a barrel in a brewery.

(1) A Bung(e)hole ("e" is optional) is an access point that can be resealed to gain entry into a vessel. Historically, it refers to a hole bored in a liquid-tight barrel to remove contents. The hole is capped with a large cork-like object called a bung. Acceptable usage include other access points that may be capped with alternate materials providing an air or water-tight access to other vessels. For example a bunghole on a combustion chamber can be used to remove slag or add coal. [1] Bungholes can also be utilized to insert and remove sensing probes or equipment like mixers to agitate the contents within a vessel.[2]

Bungholes were first used on wooden barrels, and were typically bored by the purchaser of the barrel using a brace and bit. Bungholes can be bored in either head (end) of a barrel or in one of the staves (side). With the bung removed, a tapered faucet can be attached to aid with dispensing. When barrels full of a commodity were shipped, the recipient would often bore new bungholes of the most suitable size and placement rather than remove the existing bung. Wooden barrels manufactured by specialty firms today usually are bored by the maker with suitable bungholes, since the hobbyists who purchase them for the making of beer, wine, and fermented foods often do not have a suitable brace and bit.

Closed-head steel barrels and drums now used for shipment of chemicals and petroleum products have a standardized bunghole arrangement, with one 2" NPT and one 3/4" NPT threaded bunghole on opposite sides of the top head. Some steel barrels are also equipped with a 2" threaded bunghole on the side.

(2) A Bung(e)hole ("e" is optional) is a hole (Hole) that would be made on the bottom of small boats such as a two-person, or one-person boat. The hole would have a small piece of cork (Bunge) in the hole while in use by the owner; when it was not in use the owner would remove the bunge so if unwanted visitors decided to take the boat they would sink. Used mostly in the Renaissance and Middle Ages.


In the MTV cartoon series Beavis and Butt-head created by Mike Judge, the term "bunghole" was popularized as both a personal insult and slang for anus. In his Cornholio persona. Beavis says that he needs "TP (toilet paper) for my bunghole." The two central characters also use the term when referring to one another.

See also


  1. ^ History of Bricks from brickfind.com website
  2. ^ Grovhac, Inc. - Bung-Entering Agitator

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  • Bunghole — Bung hole , n. See {Bung}, n., 2. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bunghole — anus, by 1600, from BUNG (Cf. bung) + HOLE (Cf. hole) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bunghole — [buŋ′hōl΄] n. a hole in a barrel or keg through which liquid can be poured in or drawn out …   English World dictionary

  • bunghole — 1. n. the mouth. □ I’ve heard enough out of you! Shut your bunghole! 2. n. the anus. (Usually objectionable.) □ She tripped and fell down on her bunghole …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bunghole — noun Date: 1571 a hole for emptying or filling a cask …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bunghole — /bung hohl /, n. a hole in a cask through which it is filled. [1565 75; BUNG1 + HOLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bunghole — mouth …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • bunghole — Australian Slang mouth …   English dialects glossary

  • bunghole — 1 n the anus. A vulgarism found in the works of the celebrator of low life, Charles Bukowski, among others. 2) vb to sodomise, bugger …   Contemporary slang

  • bunghole — bung·hole || bʌŋhəʊl n. hole in a cask …   English contemporary dictionary

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