Definition of pony in English:


Syllabification: po·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈpōnē

noun (plural ponies)

1A horse of a small breed, especially one whose height at the withers is below 14 hands 2 inches (58 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 drinking glass or the drink contained in it: 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.
3A literal translation of a foreign-language text, used illicitly by students; a trot.
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  • Really useful ponies have the original text on one page and the translation on the facing page.
  • Not unlike the ASV, NASB is so painfully literal in places as to read more like a 'pony' than a translation.
4British informal Twenty-five pounds sterling.
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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)

[no object] (pony up) North American informal Back to top  
Pay (money), especially as a contribution or an unavoidable expense: getting ready to pony up for their children’s college education
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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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