Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

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
1915-20; of obscure origin
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ponging
Contemporary Examples
British Dictionary definitions for ponging

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 ponging

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 ponging

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

Difficulty index for pong

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ponging

0
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ponging