[ ping-pong, -pawng ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to move back and forth or transfer rapidly from one locale, job, etc., to another; switch: The patient was ping-ponged from one medical specialist to another.

verb (used without object)
  1. to go back and forth; change rapidly or regularly; shift; bounce: For ten years the foreign correspondent ping-ponged between London and Paris.

Origin of ping-pong

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby ping-pong

Other definitions for Ping-Pong (2 of 2)

[ ping-pong, -pawng ]

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How to use ping-pong in a sentence

  • Public gardens had special ping-pong tables to relieve the stress.

  • Pictures of adult ping-pong champions were blazoned in the public print; even churchmen took it up.

  • Doctors advised it, children cried for it, and a fashionable journal devised the correct ping-pong costume for players.

  • At last the people seized upon ping pong, and it became common.

  • One I know bears the marks of newness, since the game of ping pong has only recently come into existence.

    Step Lively! | George Niblo

British Dictionary definitions for Ping-Pong


/ (ˈpɪŋˌpɒŋ) /

  1. trademark another name for table tennis Also called: ping pong

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