- an anthropoid ape, esp an orang-utan or (formerly) a gorilla
- military slang a soldier or marine
C17: from Kongo mpongo
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Examples from the Web for pongo
There is Mr Pongo, said the person who had conducted me to the room.
I wished to give him a name, and succeeded in learning that his native one was Pongo.
I told her all about the Pongo gorilla-god, of which already she knew something.The Ivory Child
H. Rider Haggard
I waited a moment, and I heard the well-known voice of "Pongo" Simpson.
For even "Pongo" Simpson cannot always practise what he preaches.
Word Origin and History for pongo
ape genus, 1620s, from Kongo mpongi.
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