Definition of pong in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɒŋ/
British informal


A strong, unpleasant smell: corked wine has a powerful pong
More example sentences
  • Smokers and non-smokers alike are being assaulted by a range of odours, pongs, whiffs and smells that aeons of tobacco smoke, nicotine, tar and a host of other vile chemicals conspired to conceal.
  • The current water treatment plant has become overloaded with thousands visitors being assailed by an unpleasant pong when they visit the area in the summer months.
  • Quite the opposite occurred, for my gag reflex kicked in and the pong of body odour nearly knocked me out.


[no object]
Smell strongly and unpleasantly: the place just pongs of dirty clothes
More example sentences
  • Not to put too fine a point on it, it pongs to high heaven and it's now outside The Ponderosa.
  • And while it might smell nice when it is first ‘released’, leave it a few hours and it really begins to pong!
  • True, fly-traps can pong, so you don't want them too close to the house.



Pronunciation: /ˈpɒŋi/
adjective (pongier, pongiest)
Example sentences
  • Not all herbs smell good - catmint, curry plant, pyrethrum, rue, santolina and tansy are all pretty pongy, ranging from slightly musty to downright disgusting.
  • The Stinking Bishop - probably the most pongy cheese ever to bless these shores - was to be the holy grail.
  • At the Silo, Colin Mitchell's ambitious adaptation of Patrick Suskind's novel Perfume, The Scentless Apprentice, conjured up a pongy 18th-century France that was comedic and intriguing.


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with pong

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