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See also: Tony
- (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, 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.
stylish, high-toned, upscale
From the name Tony.
tony (plural tonies)
- (archaic) A simpleton.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], OCLC 228727523:
- it would have serv'd for a Caution to People how they trifle and play the Tonies betwixt Jeft and Earnest
- 1677, John Dryden, All for Love
- A pattern and companion fit / For all the keeping tonies of the pit.