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dong1

[dawng, dong]
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noun
  1. a deep sound like that of a large bell.
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Origin of dong1

1580–90; imitative; see ding-dong

dong2

[dawng, dong]
noun, plural dong.
  1. the basic monetary unit of Vietnam, equal to 100 hao: replaced the southern piaster and the northern dong in 1978.
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Origin of dong2

From the Vietnamese word đông

dong3

[dawng, dong]
noun Slang: Vulgar.
  1. penis.
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Origin of dong3

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; origin uncertain
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Related Words

soundbellclangtinkleboomtollstrikejinglebongknelldong

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  • She must get through the day without him, ding, dong, she must get through all the years!

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey

  • They will fight tomorrow at Dong, as I told you, but the main body is not far from here.

  • We must keep far away from them, and if your people take Dong we can then join them if we like.

  • William already had arrived, and with Pete and Dong Ling had opened the house.

    Miss Billy

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • In the old days, under Dong Ling's rule, there had been no gas stove.

    Miss Billy Married

    Eleanor H. Porter


British Dictionary definitions for dong

dong

noun
  1. the deep reverberating sound of a large bell
  2. Australian and NZ informal a heavy blow
  3. a slang word for penis
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verb
  1. (intr) (of a bell) to make a deep reverberating sound
  2. (tr) Australian and NZ informal to strike or punch
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Word Origin

C16: of imitative origin

dông

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Vietnam, divided into 10 hào or 100 xu
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Word Origin

from Vietnamese
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Word Origin and History for dong

n.

"penis," 1891, of unknown origin.

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