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[pong, pawng] /pɒŋ, pɔŋ/ British Informal.
an unpleasant smell; stink.
verb (used without object)
to have a disagreeable smell; stink.
Origin of pong
1915-20; of obscure origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pong
  • It stretches credulity to get into a serious argument about which country is better at curling, diving, ping pong and badminton.
  • Carefully place the second ping pong ball in the air stream.
British Dictionary definitions for pong


a disagreeable or offensive smell; stink
(intransitive) to give off an unpleasant smell; stink
Derived Forms
pongy, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for pong

pong 1


A Chinese or a person of Chinese extraction (1906+ Australian)

pong 2


A smell; a stink: when I catch that pong in the air

[1919+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Romany pan, ''stink'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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pong in Technology
A computer game invented in 1972 by Atari's Nolan Bushnell. The game is a minimalist rendering of table tennis. Each of the two players are represented as a white slab, controllable by a knob, which deflects a bouncing ball. The goal of the game is to "AVOID MISSING BALL FOR HIGH SCORE".
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