noun (plural pongos)British • military slang
- A soldier (used especially by members of the Royal Navy or RAF).More 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.