[ poh-nee ]
/ ˈpoʊ ni /

noun, plural po·nies.

verb (used with object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.

Slang. to prepare (lessons) by means of a pony.
Racing Slang.
  1. to be the outrider for (a racehorse).
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. pontormo,
  2. pontus,
  3. pontus euxinus,
  4. pontypool,
  5. pontypridd,
  6. pony express,
  7. pony league,
  8. pony pack,
  9. pony trekking,
  10. pony truss


    pony up, Informal. to pay (money), as in settling an account: Next week you'll have to pony up the balance of the loan.

Origin of pony

1650–60; earlier powney < obsolete French poulenet, diminutive of poulain colt < Medieval Latin pullānus (Latin pull(us) foal + -ānus -an); see -et

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British Dictionary definitions for pony up

pony up


(adverb) US informal to give the money required


/ (ˈpəʊnɪ) /

noun plural ponies

any of various breeds of small horse, usually under 14.2 hands
  1. a small drinking glass, esp for liqueurs
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for pony up
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Idioms and Phrases with pony up

pony up

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]


In addition to the idioms beginning with pony

  • pony up

also see:

  • dog-and-pony show
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