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adjective, ton·i·er, ton·i·est. Informal.
  1. high-toned; stylish: a tony nightclub.

Origin of tony

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; tone + -y1
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adjective tonier or toniest
  1. US and Canadian informal stylish or distinctive; classy

Word Origin

C20: from tone


noun plural Tonies or Tonys
  1. any of several medallions awarded annually in the United States by a professional school for the performing arts for outstanding achievement in the theatre

Word Origin

from Tony, the nickname of Antoinette Perry (died 1946), US actress and producer
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Word Origin and History for toniest



1877, American English slang, from high-toned. It was the name of a reddish-brown fashion color in the 1920s.


1947, awards given by American Theatre Wing (New York), from nickname of U.S. actress, manager, and producer Antoinette Perry (1888-1946).

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