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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably shortened from ning-nong.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /nɒŋ/
  • (file)

NounEdit

nong (plural nongs)

  1. (slang, Australia, New Zealand) An idiot.
    • 1983, Robert Drewe, The Bodysurfers, Penguin 2009, p. 126:
      ‘In there, you nong,’ Max said, pointing out a pink-brick home with a 1950s skillion roof.
    • 2008, Michael Panckridge, Hat Trick! Toby Jones, Books 1-3, 2010, unnumbered page,
      ‘You guys are such nongs! Why would you want to face up to Shoaib Akhtar when you could win a World Cup against the young blond Aussie star at the home of cricket?’
    • 2010, John Dale (editor), Best on Ground: Great Writers on the Greatest Game, unnumbered page,
      [] and spend every second Saturday defiant and one-eyed among the opposition nongs at the Barkly Street end.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

nong

  1. Nonstandard spelling of nóng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of nǒng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of nòng.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Compare Proto-Bahnaric *-ɗoːŋ (winnowing basket) and Proto-Katuic *kɗoŋ (winnowing basket).

NounEdit

(classifier cái) nong (𥵛)

  1. winnowing basket

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

nong (𫓒)

  1. to make bigger or larger