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Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /ˈtəʊni/
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -əʊni

Etymology 1[edit]

tone +‎ -y


tony (comparative tonier, superlative toniest)

  1. (informal, Canada, US) Stylish, high-toned, upscale.
    Synonym: swank
    • 2015 October 1, Hank Stuever, “In the hunt for a new favorite show, 'when' might be as crucial as 'what'”, in Washington Post:
      Meanwhile, on another plane entirely, “Another Period” (Comedy Central, recently renewed for Season 2) is a send-up of crunchy-gravel dramas, set in tony Rhode Island in 1902.
    • 2017, David Friend, The Naughty Nineties:
      My host gained national notoriety after her high-profile arrest in 1993 on charges connected with running L.A.'s toniest prostitution ring.
    • 2022 February 10, Mike Hale, “‘Inventing Anna’ Review: The SoHo Scammer, Explained at Length”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      The meaty and more familiar parts of Anna’s story — passing as a German heiress, ripping off tony hotels, brazenly exploiting narcissistic machers and star-struck working women — are told in flashback as Vivian reports her article.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the name Tony.


tony (plural tonies)

  1. (archaic) A simpleton.



  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔ.nɨ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔnɨ
  • Syllabification: to‧ny



  1. genitive singular of tona
  2. nominative plural of tona
  3. accusative plural of tona
  4. vocative plural of tona