[ poh-nee ]
/ ˈpoʊ ni /
noun, plural po·nies.
a small horse of any of several breeds, usually not higher at the shoulder than 14½ hands (58 in./146 cm).
a horse of any small type or breed.
Slang. a literal translation or other text, used illicitly as an aid in schoolwork or while taking a test; crib.
something small of its kind.
a small glass for liquor.
the amount of liquor it will hold, usually one ounce (29.6 ml).
a small beverage bottle, often holding seven ounces (196 grams): We bought a dozen ponies of Mexican beer.
Older Slang. a diminutive chorus girl.
British Slang. the sum of 25 pounds.
verb (used with object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.
Slang. to prepare (lessons) by means of a pony.
- to be the outrider for (a racehorse).
- to exercise (a racehorse) by having a rider mounted on another horse lead it at a gallop around a track.
verb (used without object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.
to prepare a lesson or lessons with the aid of a pony.
Words nearby pony
Idioms for pony
pony up, Informal. to pay (money), as in settling an account: Next week you'll have to pony up the balance of the loan.
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British Dictionary definitions for pony up (1 of 2)
(adverb) US informal to give the money required
British Dictionary definitions for pony up (2 of 2)
/ (ˈpəʊnɪ) /
noun plural ponies
any of various breeds of small horse, usually under 14.2 hands
- a small drinking glass, esp for liqueurs
- the amount held by such a glass
anything small of its kind
British slang a sum of £25, esp in bookmaking
Also called: trot US slang a literal translation used by students, often illicitly, in preparation for foreign language lessons or examinations; crib
See also pony up
Word Origin for pony
C17: from Scottish powney, perhaps from obsolete French poulenet a little colt, from poulain colt, from Latin pullus young animal, foal
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Idioms and Phrases with pony up (1 of 2)
Pay money that is owed or due, as in Come on, it's time you ponied up this month's rent. The allusion in this expression is unclear. [c. 1820]
Idioms and Phrases with pony up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with pony
- pony up
- dog-and-pony show
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