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[ nong ]
/ nɒŋ /

noun Australian and New Zealand Informal.

a foolish, incompetent person.

Nearby words

nonfinite verb, nonflammable, nonforfeiture value, nonfreezing, nonfulfillment, nong, nongonococcal urethritis, nongovernmental, nongraded, nongrammatical, nonharmonic

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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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