One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-pitched, resonant sound of the kind made by a large bell.‘the clock had struck the hour and it was only three bongs’
reverberation, ringing, ring, ding-dong, bong, peal, chime, tollView synonyms
- ‘When Ella heard the bong of the palace clock striking, she counted the eleven strikes.’
- ‘It made a loud bong and a huge crash in the next room.’
- ‘Bong! for one o'clock; bong! bong! for two o'clock, and so forth.’
- ‘Depending on which band you are listening to, pan music can be raucous and noisy, a riotous volley of plinks, clangs and bongs, or it can be like notes on velvet.’
- ‘The grandfather clock in the corner struck eleven o'clock and let out a deep bong sound.’
- ‘Those who have to listen to the bongs and chimes of All Through the Night all through the night have had enough.’
- ‘‘The Bongs’ at the beginning of the Six O'Clock News are one of the key anchors in a Radio Four listener's day.’
- ‘They made a very sonorous and resonant bong.’
- ‘For a loose definition of the sound, imagine repetitive bong hits.’
- ‘The "bongs" of Big Ben will be heard for the last time on Saturday before it falls silent for a month for maintenance work.’
- ‘The 12 bongs at midday and midnight take 54 seconds to sound.’
- ‘Most of the time things are OK, but once a month or so I close the lid and I hear the bong chime of the computer restarting.’
(especially of a bell) emit a low-pitched, resonant sound.
ring, ring out, chime, chime out, clang, tollView synonyms
- ‘Still, the prototype was completed by New Years Eve 1999, when it bonged twice at midnight.’
- ‘It bonged on the hour and needed to be wound up with a special key.’
- ‘The bells have bonged at the local church and we have a bus to catch.’
- ‘Several eyes looked at the clock, its trusty chimes bonged 3: 00.’
- ‘Continue to hold down these four keys until it has ‘bonged’ a total of three times.’
- ‘My ideal car would let me drive it as I wanted without binging and bonging at me and telling me what to do.’
- ‘Mike was standing under the big bell when it bonged.’
- ‘It's like my biological clock had turned into a massive grandfather clock and instead of ticking it was bonging!’
- ‘Then one day he stuck paper clips on his guitar-strings and they bonged like gamelan bells.’
- ‘Slightly to the left of that, theres a single bell which has been bonging away to itself, a little lower than the others.’
1920s (originally US): imitative.
A water pipe used for smoking cannabis or other drugs.
tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipeView synonyms
- ‘The bong pipe, which accompanies him everywhere, stands untouched on the table.’
- ‘I believe it has been proved that smoking weed on its own, especially from a bong, is more cancerous than smoking cigarettes.’
- ‘One night he took a bong hit of a dried plant, and it nearly killed him.’
- ‘In the ten years since first trying cannabis, I have been a regular smoker of pure, high quality cannabis using water bongs, special pipes and rarely pure joints.’
- ‘On Feb.24, federal agents raided more than 100 homes and businesses throughout the nation that sell bongs and pipes.’
- ‘He says his most popular items aren't pipes and bongs but the many pendants, pins and purses hanging in his case.’
- ‘Lisa who also stocks paraphernalia such as bongs and pipes, sells between two and four kilos of mushrooms a week.’
- ‘It's believed that the epidemic in Derry is only in its early stages, thus far involving only smoking joints and making bongs out of breathing apparatus.’
- ‘I had never done drugs before but it was quite apparent that they were smoking marijuana with a bong.’
- ‘It is usually mixed with tobacco and rolled into a smokable ‘joint’ or ‘spliff’, or the mixture is put into a pipe or a (often home-made) construct called a bong.’
- ‘Were people following her or were they simply waiting for her to leave so they could pull out their stash and bongs…?’
- ‘And pot users usually use bongs to filter the smoke.’
- ‘Drug tests don't reveal whether a student smoked one joint a month ago or takes bong hits between classes.’
- ‘JJ had a six-foot-long bong fashioned out of PVC piping.’
- ‘Joey then walked into the closet, and a few moments later, pulled out the tallest bong I had ever seen.’
- ‘Inside the flat will be the usual scattering of bongs and the smell of pot or spilt bong water.’
- ‘A used cannabis bong has been found yards away from a primary school.’
- ‘You can buy pipes, bongs, rolling machines, scales, skins etc in hundreds of shops in the UK alone, perfectly legally.’
- ‘Inside is a bong and a pipe, decorated in assorted colours.’
- ‘This means using bongs is a healthier smoking option in comparison to pipes and rolling papers.’
1970s: from Thai baung, literally ‘cylindrical wooden tube’.
A large piton.
- ‘Back then, if you needed a bong-bong (wide piton), you had to make it yourself.’
- ‘But really it's the full rack of pitons (in particular the bong-bongs) that weighs you down.’
- ‘The largest of pitons are now rarely seen and are called bongs due to the characteristic low tone they produced.’
- ‘Other than on routes like Excaliber, where the wide-crack predominates, bongs are rarely needed.’
- ‘The route no longer requires the infamous "bong sandwiches" (pitons stacked against wood blocks), but it still has an eerie feel.’
1960s: probably imitative.
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