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[bong, bawng]
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  1. a dull, resonant sound, as of a large bell.
verb (used without object)
  1. to produce this sound: The church bell bonged promptly at noon.

Origin of bong1

First recorded in 1855–60; imitative


[bong, bawng]
  1. a type of hookah or water pipe for smoking marijuana or other drugs.

Origin of bong2

of uncertain origin
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  • With sure instinct, Bong turned tail and fled with his young charges away across the grassland.

    Kings in Exile

    Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

  • With startled alacrity Bong withdrew his trunk, but just in time to save it from being mangled.

    Kings in Exile

    Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

  • It was also usual and much appreciated to make him express himself in French: Bong shure, musseur.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

  • He said, after that long, exciting pause—the words are as unforgettable as Canon W.'s "Bong on to him!"

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge

  • Moreover, thanks to Bong's timely alarm, every one had got out of the way in good season.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

British Dictionary definitions for bong


  1. a deep reverberating sound, as of a large bell
verb (intr)
  1. to make a deep reverberating sound

Word Origin

C20: of imitative origin


  1. a type of water pipe for smoking marijuana, crack, etc

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bong


"water pipe for marijuana," 1960s, U.S. slang, said to have been introduced by Vietnam War veterans, said to be from Thai baung, literally "cylindrical wooden tube."

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