gong (plural gongs)

  1. (musical instruments) A percussion instrument consisting of a metal disk that emits a sonorous sound when struck with a soft hammer.
  2. (British, slang) A medal or award, particularly Knight Bachelor.
  • French: gong
  • German: Gong
  • Italian: gong
  • Portuguese: gongo
  • Russian: гонг
  • Spanish: gongo, gong, batintín (Chinese type)

gong (gongs, present participle gonging; past and past participle gonged)

  1. (intransitive) To make the sound of a gong; to ring a gong.
    • 1903, H. G. Wells, The Truth About Pyecraft
      Poor old Pyecraft! He has just gonged, no doubt to order another buttered tea-cake!
  2. (transitive) To send a signal to, using a gong or similar device.
    1. To halt (originally, a contestant in a talent show; later, a performer, a speaker).
      • 1996, Stephanie Holt, ‎Maryanne Lynch, Motherlode
        As she was gonged, host Daryl Somers swept rapidly across and salvaged an embarrassing situation by putting his arm around her and asking her whether she had children.
    2. To warn.
      The driver gonged the pedestrian crossing the tracks, but the pedestrian didn't stop.
  3. (British, slang, transitive) To give an award or medal to.
    • 1997, Peter Stone, The Lady and the President (page 147)
      In 1972 he was awarded the British Red Cross Silver Medal for his services to the Red Cross. In 1978 he was 'gonged' once again, this time with the Queen's Jubilee Medal, marking the 25th year of her reign.

gong (plural gongs)

  1. (obsolete) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
  2. (obsolete) The contents of an outhouse pit: shit.
Synonyms Noun

gong (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) A kind of cultivation energy, more powerful than qi.
  2. (uncountable) An advanced practice that cultivates such energy.

Proper noun
  1. (Australia, colloquial) Wollongong.

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