Adjective "bongo" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Each of a joined pair of small deep-bodied drums, typically held between the knees and played with the fingers.
  1. '‘Sinner Man ‘is a Tamla tornado of sitars, trumpets, bongos and guitars.’'
  2. 'Saturdays, he'd be smoking pot and playing bongos.'
  3. 'In fact, the high bongo plays on an offbeat while the cowbell simply marks the beat.'
  4. 'The combination of bongo drums and some sharp scratching from DJ Kilmore was pretty impressive.'
  5. 'With the bongos - a reference to the little darbouka drums of Kancheli's homeland - a suggestion of a folk dance is raised, but then denied very soon after.'
  6. 'Wiggs handles bass, guitars, drums, and bongos; Trimble plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, and accordion.'
  7. '‘Until the Dream Gets Broken’ follows with programmed bongos and the same backing vocals, both featured more prominently this time.'
  8. 'The only real disappointment I found was the absence of those spectacular bongos at the beginning of ‘The Hazards of Sitting Beneath Palm Trees’.'
  9. '‘Chanabra’ adds bongos to one of the disc's most aggressive choruses, hinting at future recordings.'
  10. 'Mrs Stagg bought Kieron a bongo drum for Christmas.'


A forest antelope that has a chestnut coat with narrow white vertical stripes, native to central Africa.
  1. 'Africa's mountain bongo antelopes are teetering on the brink of extinction because of deforestation and poaching.'
  2. 'The great apes, gorillas and chimpanzees, form the core of this zone, which is also home to the mandrill baboon, the bongo antelope, and the red river hog.'
  3. 'These rich foreigners want to be sure that they will find a bongo during a fairly brief visit.'

More definitions

1. a reddish-brown antelope, Taurotragus eurycerus, of the forests of tropical Africa, having white stripes and large, spirally twisted horns.

More examples(as adjective)

"drums can be bongo."

"antelopes can be bongo."


(bongo)Mid 19th century: from Kikongo.