[ pong, pawng ]
/ pɒŋ, pɔŋ /
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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British Dictionary definitions for pong

/ (pɒŋ) British informal /


a disagreeable or offensive smell; stink


(intr) to give off an unpleasant smell; stink

Derived forms of pong

pongy, adjective

Word Origin for pong

C20: perhaps from Romany pan to stink
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