Definition of pongo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒŋɡəʊ/

noun (plural pongos)

British military slang
A soldier (used especially by members of the Royal Navy or RAF).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with pongo

bongo, Congo, drongo, Kongo

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