pony

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English[edit]

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New Forest pony (1)

Etymology 1[edit]

1659 from Scots powny, apparently from Middle French poulenet (little foal), ultimately from Late Latin pullanus (young of an animal) (cognate to English foal).

Noun[edit]

pony (plural ponies)

  1. Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
  2. (regional) A small serving of an alcoholic beverage.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 193:
      Demon popped into his mouth a last morsel of black bread with elastic samlet, gulped down a last pony of vodka and took his place at the table with Marina facing him across its oblong length.
    • 2010, Dick Lynas, Pies Were for Thursdays: Tales from an Ordinary Glasgow East End Childhood, page 283,
      I did not even know what a ‘pony’, a small chaser of beer, was. But of course I could not admit that. So putting on an air of nonchalance, and a deep voice, I strolled into a pub with one of the other equally naive guys and we ordered two ponies of beer.
      ‘McEwans?’ asked the barman.
      ‘Naw - ponies’ said I.
  3. (Australia, New South Wales, Victoria) A serving of 140 millilitres of beer.
  4. (UK, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.
  5. (US, slang) A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.
  6. (Cockney rhyming slang) (from "pony and trap") Crap; rubbish, nonsense.
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Verb[edit]

pony (third-person singular simple present ponies, present participle ponying, simple past and past participle ponied)

  1. (transitive) To lead (a horse) from another horse.

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened from pony and trap, rhyming with crap

Adjective[edit]

pony (comparative ponier, superlative poniest)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.

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Noun[edit]

pony m (invariable)

  1. pony (young horse)
  2. pony express