乒乓

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Graphical manipulations on (bīng, soldier), converting it into a similar-sounding onomatopoeia. First attested in Qing Dynasty and referred to the sound of collisions (during a fight). Later used as a translation of English ping pong.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

乒乓

  1. sound of collision, the sound made from the impact of an object
  2. table tennis, ping pong