Definition of pongo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒŋgəʊ

noun (plural pongos)

British military slang
  • A soldier (used especially by members of the Royal Navy or RAF).
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    • Later we loaded up with our cargo of tanks and pongos (soldiers).
    • Sailors noted the similarity of the sand-apes' colour to the rough brown uniform of the British Army, thus soldiers are known as Pongos.


early 17th century (denoting a large African ape): from Congolese mpongo. The slang sense dates from the early 20th century.

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