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noun plural -gos
  1. an anthropoid ape, esp an orang-utan or (formerly) a gorilla
  2. military slang a soldier or marine
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Word Origin

C17: from Kongo mpongo
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Examples from the Web for pongo

Historical Examples

  • I wished to give him a name, and succeeded in learning that his native one was Pongo.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There is Mr Pongo, said the person who had conducted me to the room.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I told her all about the Pongo gorilla-god, of which already she knew something.

    The Ivory Child

    H. Rider Haggard

  • I waited a moment, and I heard the well-known voice of "Pongo" Simpson.

    Mud and Khaki

    Vernon Bartlett

  • For even "Pongo" Simpson cannot always practise what he preaches.

    Mud and Khaki

    Vernon Bartlett

Word Origin and History for pongo



ape genus, 1620s, from Kongo mpongi.

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