verb (used with object)
- to move back and forth or transfer rapidly from one locale, job, etc., to another; switch: The patient was ping-ponged from one medical specialist to another.
verb (used without object)
- to go back and forth; change rapidly or regularly; shift; bounce: For ten years the foreign correspondent ping-ponged between London and Paris.
- table tennis.
- trademark another name for table tennis Also called: ping pong
n.1900, as Ping-Pong, trademark for table tennis equipment (Parker Brothers). Both words are imitative of the sound of the ball hitting a hard surface; from ping + pong (attested from 1823). It had a “phenomenal vogue” in U.S. c.1900-1905. v.1901, from ping-pong (n.). In the figurative sense from 1952. Related: Ping-ponged; ping-ponging.