Definition of pongo in English:

pongo

noun

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

    • ‘Sailors noted the similarity of the sand-apes' colour to the rough brown uniform of the British Army, thus soldiers are known as Pongos.’
    • ‘Later we loaded up with our cargo of tanks and pongos (soldiers).’
    fighter, serviceman, servicewoman, fighting man, fighting woman, comrade-in-arms, warrior, trooper
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

pongo

/ˈpɒŋɡəʊ/