Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. New England A low, one-horse box sleigh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low box-like sleigh designed to be pulled by one horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of plain sleigh drawn by one horse; originally, a rude oblong box on runners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rude form of sleigh consisting of a box-like body placed on runners; any low box-sleigh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a one-horse sleigh consisting of a box on runners

Etymologies

Short for dialectal tom-pung, from an Algonquian language of southern New England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened form of tom-pung, from the same Algonquian etymon as "toboggan". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The town was snow-covered, too, and the frozen river, and wherever one went, the air was full of the gay jingle-jangle of countless sleighbells, while the streets were thronged with a motley collection of equipages, from the luxuriously upholstered double sleigh with its swaying robes and floating plumes, down to the shapeless home-made "pung" with its ragged, unlined buffalo skin snugly tucked in about the shawled and veiled grandma, who smilingly awaited her good man while he purchased the week's supply of groceries.

    Half a Dozen Girls

  • Note 61: CS 1601; Proto-Mashariki * - pung - "to winnow, to fan"; PNECB * - pung "to winnow, to fan, to exorcise"; e.g.,

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • I am honored to be the sole chosen 373rd-generation lineage holder of Peng Zu pronounced pung zoo, the teacher of Lao Zi.

    Tao I

  • Yatima a piercing whistle of pure joie de vivre pung, kong, chow

    pung, kong, chow

  • Yatima ┬╗ Blog Archive ┬╗ pung, kong, chow

    pung, kong, chow

  • She put a finger to a line and said in a voice that picked up speed without taking breath, Ong aung mung ring pang pung mang ang hauh!

    The Demon Queen

  • Mr. SCOFIELD: You know, as reverse to pung-pung-kark (ph), pung-pung-pung-pung-kark (ph) which is the music of our time.

    John Scofield: Funk Finds Its Swing

  • He was pung away, retreating into that dark world where only he could go.

    Winter Soldier

  • But he pulled out a watermelon and put it on the table with a loud pung.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • The lady tried to help me, and, after a desperate effort, the heavy pung was dragged from the water upon the frozen surface.

    The Lady of the Ice A Novel

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  • This is why I adore Melville:

    'The far summit fairly smoked with frost; white vapors curled up from its wooded top, as from a chimney. The intense congelation made the whole country look like one petrifaction. The steel shoes of my pung craunched and gritted over the vitreous, chippy snow, as if it had been broken glass.'

    - Melville, The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids

    April 3, 2010