Definition of mbongo in English:

mbongo

noun

South African
  • 1informal, derogatory A political stooge or apologist; a ‘yes-man’.

  • 2informal A traditional African praise poet or public orator.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Eastern Province Herald. From Xhosa imbongi and its cognate Zulu imbongi traditional praise poet or public orator.

Pronunciation

mbongo

/(ə)mˈbɒŋɡəʊ/