pong
Noun

pong (plural pongs)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A stench, a bad smell.
    • 1992, Bryce Courtenay, Tandia, Volume 1, 2011, Read How You Want, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=lrC99dVuRIQC&pg=PA109&dq=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OhbkT8SpJYnzmAWm9uWJCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109],
      She sniffed, squiffing up her nose. ‘What a pong! Do they all smell like this?’
    • 1998, Catherine Fox, Heaven′s Scent, Third Way, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=h56sBy_z9eUC&pg=PA13&dq=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OhbkT8SpJYnzmAWm9uWJCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 13],
      I can remember calling round once and when she answered the door I was greeted by an unmistakable, noxious pong. “I can smell gas!”
      I said. “Oh, have I left the ring on?” she asked vaguely.
    • 2000, Susan Sallis, 2011, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=KJeTsbWaodsC&pg=PT11&dq=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iCHkT6q5Jc3HmQWy5OT5Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      ‘I see what you mean about the pong. I couldn′t smell it on myself but I can smell it on you!’
    • 2009, Martin Fine, The Devil′s Fragrance, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=bTRIWZPD_Q0C&pg=PA109&dq=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iCHkT6q5Jc3HmQWy5OT5Cg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pong%22|%22pongs%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109],
      If you want to empty a crowded room strong body pong will usually do the trick.
Related terms Translations Verb

pong (pongs, present participle ponging; past and past participle ponged)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) To stink, to smell bad.
    • 1997, Taufiq Ismail, David M. E. Roskies (translator and editor), Stop Thief!, Black Clouds Over the Isle of Gods and Other Modern Indonesian Short Stories, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=2k8heBqDBMgC&pg=PA97&dq=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 97],
      On she walked at a crawling pace, ponging of sweat, drops of mucus and blood falling between her feet.
    • 2009, Susan Brocker, Saving Sam, HarperCollins, New Zealand, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=LfoKhb2B-LEC&pg=PT67&dq=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      The place ponged, like the smell of stale cat pee.
    • 2010, Robin Easton, Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=GCT_9uov3X8C&pg=PA63&dq=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 63],
      “ […] That toothless bloke ponged. Couldn′t you smell him? He smelled like a bloody pub floor at closing time.”
    • 2011, Victor Pemberton, We′ll Sing at Dawn, 2012, eBook, Headline Publishing, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=0gOa6ktZtHQC&pg=PT80&dq=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22+smell+OR+odour+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fVbkT4-QOOaAmQXd7-HwCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ponging%22|%22ponged%22%20smell%20OR%20odour%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      […] and this evening, Eileen Perkins′s daughter Rita ponged with the smell of cheap carbolic soap, after a late-afternoon visit to the public baths down Hornsey Road.
  2. (slang, acting, pejorative) To deliver a line of a play in an arch, suggestive or unnatural way, so as to draw undue attention to it.
Synonyms Noun

pong (plural pongs)

  1. (networking) A packet sent in reply to a ping, thereby indicating the presence of a host.
Noun

pong (plural pongs)

  1. (mahjong) Alternative form of pung

Pong
Proper noun
  1. (video games) An early video game from Atari, resembling ping-pong, in which two players control paddles and attempt to intercept a ball.



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