Definition of pong in US English:



  • A strong, unpleasant smell.

    ‘corked wine has a powerful pong’
    • ‘The real reason for the rich pong of two-day-old kelp is the little barnacles and other creatures rotting.’
    • ‘Plans to build a new sewage plant to help free the air of nasty pongs should be given full support, a councillor said today.’
    • ‘Fed up with the pong, pupils took their concerns to the top last Friday.’
    • ‘There's crumbs in the bed, mucky videos strewn all over the floor, dust balls in every corner, no cream in the fridge and a weird pong coming from the bathroom.’
    • ‘The antiseptic lotion contains tea tree oil that will extinguish any nasty pongs trainer clad feet emit from time to time.’
    • ‘Something was causing a bit of a pong in a new Swindon street until the Evening Advertiser sniffed out the problem.’
    • ‘A further pong of ‘rotten eggs’ was found coming from a lagoon that stores contaminated rainwater before it is discharged into the Thames.’
    • ‘The resulting smell was a deterrent to walkers and a reminder to the residents that the blame for all its pongs cannot be laid at the doors of the county council or the inadequate sewerage treatment facility.’
    • ‘Quite the opposite occurred, for my gag reflex kicked in and the pong of body odour nearly knocked me out.’
    • ‘A Bromley Council spokesman admitted the pong had caused concern.’
    • ‘They'll see that a horrible pong to one mammal might be a fragrant rose to the nose of another!’
    • ‘Tempting as it was to pass round the oatcakes and crack open a bottle of Burgundy there and then, its whiffy pong soon ruled out any chance of afternoon nibbles.’
    • ‘The pong may also prove a bit of a deterrent for anyone thinking of stopping for a picnic at a nature reserve, which is also being created nearby.’
    • ‘No, I could not smell the pungent pong of a mature Stilton cheese.’
    • ‘You will need to wear a protective white boilersuit and brave the fishy pong, but it's worth it - put in a bid and you'll have the freshest tuna in town.’
    • ‘Ah, the Great Yorkshire Show - the smell of warm animals, the pong from the pens and wet grass under-foot - has returned to North Yorkshire after the foot and mouth crisis.’
    • ‘Castle Point Council had 50 complaints on the matter, and as well as pinning the problem down to the sewage works, is also probing pongs in other parts of the island, thought to be coming from other sources.’
    • ‘Smokers and non-smokers alike are being assaulted by a range of odours, pongs, whiffs and smells that aeons of tobacco smoke, nicotine, tar and a host of other vile chemicals conspired to conceal.’
    • ‘It appears that there was a slight leak right from the beginning, just a tiny drip but anyone who's been around kerosene will know that a tiny drip makes an enormous pong.’
    • ‘The current water treatment plant has become overloaded with thousands visitors being assailed by an unpleasant pong when they visit the area in the summer months.’
    smell, scent, aroma, perfume, fragrance, bouquet, savour, nose, tang, essence, redolence
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[no object]British
  • Smell strongly and unpleasantly.

    ‘the place just pongs of dirty clothes’
    • ‘I'm thinking of taking them to work, where the air conditioning assures them of a circulating air supply (death to fungal diseases), but they do pong a bit so that might not be such a good idea.’
    • ‘True, fly-traps can pong, so you don't want them too close to the house.’
    • ‘Not to put too fine a point on it, it pongs to high heaven and it's now outside The Ponderosa.’
    • ‘And while it might smell nice when it is first ‘released’, leave it a few hours and it really begins to pong!’
    • ‘When we die we are embalmed, burned or interred before we have time to pong.’
    • ‘It didn't happen, and still wearing the previous day's clothes, as I sweated through the afternoon, I must have started to pong.’
    • ‘Feet pong because they have more sweat glands than any part of our body and they sweat profusely.’
    stink, stink to high heaven, reek, have a bad smell, be stinking, be malodorous
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Early 20th century: of unknown origin.