[pong, pawng]British Informal.


an unpleasant smell; stink.

verb (used without object)

to have a disagreeable smell; stink.

Origin of pong

First recorded in 1915–20; of obscure origin
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a disagreeable or offensive smell; stink


(intr) to give off an unpleasant smell; stink
Derived Formspongy, adjective

Word Origin for pong

C20: perhaps from Romany pan to stink
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Word Origin and History for pong

by late 1960s as an abbreviation of ping-pong. The electronic arcade game (with capital P-) was released 1972.

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