Definitions

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  • n. money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Australia, the lesser cattail, Typha angustifolia. See Typha and raupo.

Etymologies

From the Romany word wangar (coal); "coal" was also used as a slang term for money in England in the 18th and 19th century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Balls & Balls: A happy, upwardly-mobile couple, with much to be happily upwardly-mobile about, thanks to lots of wonga from the Taxpayer

    Archive 2008-06-29

  • Today, questions remain as to where the 'wonga' for the bribes to secure his liberty and fund that private jet came from.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Father Dougal: Sure it is, and I bet all the doctors are chuffed that they'll get all that wonga to do what the feck they like with.

    Society daily: 14.07.10

  • The Americans have claimed there is also an offer pending from Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi, but that is being widely dismissed as an attempt to wrangle a little more wonga from Huang and, like a chocolate fork, is unlikely to cut much ice.

    Want One

  • They earn a twentieth of his wonga from mayoral and writing duties, but times are tight.

    Diary

  • Thatcher wrought concessions from Brussels – not by threatening a referendum but by credibly threatening to remove the two things it values: power and wonga.

    There is only one question that frightens Brussels

  • I'll send some wonga - so go on, get out yer cheque book!

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • I am aware of the saying "put your money where your mouth is" and so I have bunged in some wonga for this.

    Cycle ride for Good Counsel Network

  • The chaps around here with a huge amount of social influence, wonga AND laydee appeal are those who are able to do things, ie install central heating systems, build retaining walls and service ships.

    Happy Valentines Day I Don`t Think

  • She is married to Lawrence (Levi) who has made a pile of wonga in the Computer Bod supply game, he supplies the Oil industry mostly and does like to spend with great generosity.

    Archive 2007-04-01

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  • "Money: this is the true Blarney Stone of Dublin — kiss it and you'll talk all night. The city is awash with wonga."
    Psychogeography by Will Self, 104

    October 16, 2010