Definition of pong in English:


Line breaks: pong
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] Back to top  
  • 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)
More 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.

More definitions of pong

Definition of pong in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw