ponce

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain, but probably an aphetic form of French alphonse (kept man), from the male given name Alphonse. Also sometimes connected to pounce or French pensionnaire (pensioner, person living without working).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɒns/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒns

Noun[edit]

ponce (plural ponces)

  1. (Britain, derogatory slang) A man living off another's earnings, especially a woman's.
    1. Synonym of kept man. [1859]
    2. Synonym of pimp, especially one hired by a prostitute as a tout, bodyguard, and driver. [1872]
  2. (Britain, Australia, Ireland, derogatory slang) Synonym of poof: an effeminate male homosexual; any similarly effeminate man. [1932]

Verb[edit]

ponce (third-person singular simple present ponces, present participle poncing, simple past and past participle ponced)

  1. (Britain, slang) To act as a pimp.
  2. (Britain, slang) Hence, to try to get rid of or proactively sell something.
  3. (Britain, derogatory) To behave in a posh or effeminate manner.
    • 1992, Michael Swanwick, Stations of the Tide:
      The interior was warm and dim, cluttered with flying brass pigs and poncing felt mannequins.
  4. (Britain, slang) To borrow (something) from somebody without returning it.

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pūmex (via a Late Latin pōmex).

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ponce f (plural ponces)

  1. pumice
  2. (Quebec) hot alcoholic beverage made with gin or rum

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English punch, from Hindi पाँच (pāñć, five), because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from Sanskrit पञ्चन् (páñcan).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔn.t͡ʃe/, [ˈpɔn̺ʲt͡ʃe]
  • Hyphenation: pòn‧ce

Noun[edit]

ponce m (uncountable)

  1. punch (beverage)

References[edit]

  • ponce in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana