[ nong ]
/ nɒŋ /
noun Australian and New Zealand Informal.
a foolish, incompetent person.
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Origin of nong
1940–45; probably by shortening of Australian and earlier British slang ning-nong, ning-nang fool, perhaps expressive variants of earlier nigmenog fool, of obscure origin
Words nearby nong
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Example sentences from the Web for nong
It was really not long before she understood much more than "wee and nong" when she was present at a business interview.T. Tembarom|Frances Hodgson Burnett
It is formed by ong or nong—frequent terminations in geographical names.
British Dictionary definitions for nong
/ (nɒŋ) /
Australian slang a stupid or incompetent person
Word Origin for nong
C19: perhaps alteration of obsolete English dialect nigmenog silly fellow, of unknown origin
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