- a deep sound like that of a large bell.
Origin of dong1
1580–90; imitative; see ding-dong
- the basic monetary unit of Vietnam, equal to 100 hao: replaced the southern piaster and the northern dong in 1978.
Origin of dong2
From the Vietnamese word đông
Origin of dong3
An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for dong
He said he wanted to do something new in life,” says Dong, “something fun, with action.Arrests of Service Men Raises Question of Racism in Soldier's Death
December 22, 2011
She must get through the day without him, ding, dong, she must get through all the years!Mistress Anne
We must keep far away from them, and if your people take Dong we can then join them if we like.
They will fight tomorrow at Dong, as I told you, but the main body is not far from here.
William already had arrived, and with Pete and Dong Ling had opened the house.Miss Billy
Eleanor H. Porter
In the old days, under Dong Ling's rule, there had been no gas stove.Miss Billy Married
Eleanor H. Porter
- the deep reverberating sound of a large bell
- Australian and NZ informal a heavy blow
- a slang word for penis
- (intr) (of a bell) to make a deep reverberating sound
- (tr) Australian and NZ informal to strike or punch
C16: of imitative origin
- the standard monetary unit of Vietnam, divided into 10 hào or 100 xu
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Word Origin and History for dong
"penis," 1891, of unknown origin.
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