bong

1
[bong, bawng]

noun

a dull, resonant sound, as of a large bell.

verb (used without object)

to produce this sound: The church bell bonged promptly at noon.

Origin of bong

1
First recorded in 1855–60; imitative

bong

2
[bong, bawng]

noun

a type of hookah or water pipe for smoking marijuana or other drugs.

Origin of bong

2
of uncertain origin
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Related Words for bong

peal, clang, bang, toll, strike, chime

Examples from the Web for bong

Contemporary Examples of bong

Historical Examples of bong

  • 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

bong

1

noun

a deep reverberating sound, as of a large bell

verb (intr)

to make a deep reverberating sound

Word Origin for bong

C20: of imitative origin

bong

2

noun

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

Word Origin for bong

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bong
n.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper