bong

1
[ bong, bawng ]
/ bɒŋ, bɔŋ /

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

Definition for bong (2 of 2)

bong

2
[ bong, bawng ]
/ bɒŋ, bɔŋ /

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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British Dictionary definitions for bong (1 of 2)

bong

1
/ (bɒŋ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for bong (2 of 2)

bong

2
/ (bɒŋ) /

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

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."

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