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

1580–90; imitative; see ding-dong


[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


[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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  • 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


  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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  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


  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


"penis," 1891, of unknown origin.

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