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[pong, pawng]British Informal.
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  1. an unpleasant smell; stink.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have a disagreeable smell; stink.
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Origin of pong

First recorded in 1915–20; of obscure origin
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  1. a disagreeable or offensive smell; stink
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  1. (intr) to give off an unpleasant smell; stink
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Derived Formspongy, adjective

Word Origin

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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