Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

pong

[pong, pawng] /pɒŋ, pɔŋ/ British Informal.
noun
1.
an unpleasant smell; stink.
verb (used without object)
2.
to have a disagreeable smell; stink.
Origin of pong
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20; of obscure origin
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pong
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "pong is as funny as his name, even if he is a Chinaman," laughed Stallings.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • And, by the way, you boys haven't made the acquaintance of pong, have you?

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • pong, what are you going to give us out of the chuck wagon in the morning?

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • I had pong get out the blankets for you, seeing that you have only your slickers with you.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • He was interrupted by pong Lee, who had returned to his chair.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster
  • "Allee same likee this," chuckled pong, clasping his palms together and gleefully shaking hands with himself.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • It was the Chinaman, pong, sounding his call for breakfast, in accordance with the usage of the plains.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • pong, going through the motions of drawing a gun from his belt, and puffing out his cheeks, uttered an explosive "pouf!"

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • The driver walked beside the mules, while the grinning face of pong was always to be seen in the front end of the wagon.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
British Dictionary definitions for pong

pong

/pɒŋ/
noun
1.
a disagreeable or offensive smell; stink
verb
2.
(intransitive) to give off an unpleasant smell; stink
Derived Forms
pongy, adjective
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Romany pan to stink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pong
n.

by late 1960s as an abbreviation of ping-pong. The electronic arcade game (with capital P-) was released 1972.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for pong

pong 1

noun

A Chinese or a person of Chinese extraction (1906+ Australian)

pong 2

noun

A smell; a stink: when I catch that pong in the air

[1919+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Romany pan, ''stink'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for pong

Word Value for pong

0
10
Scrabble Words With Friends