boong

noun
\ ˈbüŋ, ˈbōˌäŋ \
plural -s

Definition of boong

slang, Australia, usually offensive
2 : a native of New Guinea

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History and Etymology for boong

of unknown origin

Note: The Australian National Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1988) suggests that it is borrowed from a word beŋ, “man, human being,” in Wemba-Wemba, an aboriginal language formerly spoken in northern Victoria and adjacent New South Wales. More recently, though, R.M.W. Dixon, et al., in Australian Aboriginal Words in English: Their Origin and Meaning (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2006), reject any aboriginal origin for the word and suggest that it may be borrowed from Jakarta Indonesian bung, a word meaning “elder brother,” also used as a general term of address.

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“Boong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boong. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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