gong [gawng, gong] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a large bronze disk, of Asian origin, having an upturned rim, that produces a vibrant, hollow tone when struck, usually with a stick or hammer that has a padded head.
  2. a shallow bell sounded by a hammer operated electrically or mechanically: The fire-alarm system will automatically sound the gong.
  3. (in a clock or watch) a rod or wire, either straight or bent into a spiral, on which the time is struck.
  4. British Slang. a medal or military decoration.

verb (used without object)

  1. to sound as a gong does; ring, chime, or reverberate.

Origin of gong 1800–10; Malay, Javanese: any suspended bossed and rimmed gong; presumably imitativeRelated formsgong·like, adjective Examples from the Web for gonged Historical Examples of gonged

  • He has just gonged, no doubt to order another buttered tea-cake!

    Twelve Stories and a Dream

    H. G. Wells

  • British Dictionary definitions for gonged gong noun

    1. Also called: tam-tam a percussion instrument of indefinite pitch, consisting of a metal platelike disc struck with a soft-headed drumstick
    2. a rimmed metal disc, hollow metal hemisphere, or metal strip, tube, or wire that produces a note when struck. It may be used to give alarm signals when operated electromagnetically
    3. a fixed saucer-shaped bell, as on an alarm clock, struck by a mechanically operated hammer
    4. British slang a medal, esp a military one


    1. (intr) to sound a gong
    2. (tr) (of traffic police) to summon (a driver) to stop by sounding a gong

    Derived Formsgonglike, adjectiveWord Origin for gong C17: from Malay, of imitative origin Word Origin and History for gonged gong n.

    c.1600, from Malay gong, probably imitative of its sound when struck. As a verb from 1903.

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