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noun (1)

ˈbäŋ How to pronounce bong (audio)
: the deep resonant sound especially of a bell
bong verb


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noun (2)

: a simple water pipe consisting of a bottle or vertical tube partially filled with a liquid (such as water or liqueur) and a smaller offset tube ending in a bowl

Examples of bong in a Sentence

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The bong in this reggae song For many critics and fans, though, the Breeders weren’t just supposed to be the sound of 1993. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Smoking traditional joints or using bongs also offers a similar quick onset but with a more classic feel. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 From actresses and designers to influencers, their diverse paths have converged into a strong bong of friendship. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 4 Aug. 2023 Swarms of people won’t grip joints or bongs on public sidewalks, nor will they be enveloped in pungent smoke. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2023 Further fueling concerns among some experts: In the 1990s, THC, the psychoactive compound responsible for inducing a high, constituted about 5 percent of a typical joint or smoke from a bong or pipe, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. David Ovalle and Fenit Nirappil, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Aug. 2023 Perhaps the Snoopy and R. Crumb posters on your wall are obscured by clouds of smoke from the bong cradled in your best friend’s lap. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 To commemorate three decades of hits from the bong, here’s a look back at the group’s ten best live performances, broadcast on TV or over the web: 10. Al Shipley, SPIN, 23 June 2023 But the sparring stopped being in jest after a bong was broken in the fracas, escalating into a heated argument on the street as Zenuch, 28, and his friends demanded Townsend leave and followed him out of the apartment, according to the records and statements made in court. oregonlive, 21 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)


Noun (2)

Thai bɔ̂ɔŋ hollow piece of wood or bamboo

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1855, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bong was in 1855

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“Bong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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