Definition of pony in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊni

noun (plural ponies)

  • 1A horse of a small breed, especially one below 15 hands (or 14 hands 2 inches).
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    • He conducted his study using 62 horses and ponies of mixed breeds, from Cob to Connemara, aged between two and 30 years of age.
    • You can enjoy the Wild West Horse, Hound and Music Show, which will feature barrel racing, trick riding, comic horses, Appaloosa ponies and American Quarter Horses.
    • Galloway ponies and running horses - early English racehorses - were bred at Helmsley, on the Earl of Rutland's estate.
  • 1.1 (the ponies) • informal , chiefly North American Racehorses: he had been playing the ponies on the side
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    • It was his first time at Fair Grounds but playing the ponies is nothing to new to Duc Vo.
    • In fact, it was playing the ponies that's gotten him into this current mess - unless you count throwing a wad of money away chasing a newspaper's success as gambling.
    • Geez, how much had he lost playing the ponies over the years?
  • 2 informal A small glass or measure of alcohol: a pony of vodka
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    • In a pony glass, combine the bourbon, brown sugar and simple syrup.
    • Coat a Martini or pony glass with grenadine, pour gin and peppermint schnapps over ice, shake, strain and pour into glass.
  • 3British informal A sum of £25.
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    • The opening lyrics include "stick a pony in my pocket", pony being London slang for 25 pounds sterling.
    • Indeed, the amount of 25 pounds sterling - like an equine pony, not overly large, but substantial at the time - was called "a pony."

verb (ponies, ponying, ponied)

[with object] (pony something up) North American informal Back to top  
  • Pay a sum of money, especially as a contribution or unavoidable expense: he ponied up $450 for the project
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    • Well, it wouldn't be so bad, I guess, but I haven't got the cash to support that yet, so dumb Cap Guy usually ponies it up which I guess he's getting sick of.
    • They can simply ask for it, and in many cases, ISPs have been more than willing to pony it up.
    • Jeff Henry hopes to see the province eventually pony up more money for students.


mid 17th century: probably from French poulenet 'small foal', diminutive of poulain, from late Latin pullanus, from Latin pullus 'young animal'.

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