- a horse of any of a number of small breeds, usually not over 58 inches high at the withers
- something small of its kind
- a small liqueur glass or the amount it will hold, typically 1 ounce
Origin of pony? alteration of pons (asinorum)Informal a literal translation of a work in a foreign language, used in doing schoolwork, often dishonestly; crib
- Informal any young horse; foal
- Slang a racehorse
- Brit., Slang the sum of twenty-five pounds
Origin of ponyScottish powny, probably from Old French poulenet, diminutive of poulain, a colt, foal from Vulgar Latin pullamen, young animals from Classical Latin pullus, young animal, foal
intransitive verb-·nied, -·ny·ing
- A horse of any of several stocky breeds that are small in size when full grown, such as the Shetland pony.
- a. Informal A racehorse.b. Sports A polo horse.
- Something small for its kind, especially a small glass for beer or liqueur.
- A word-for-word translation of a foreign language text, especially one used as an aid in studying or test-taking. Also called crib . Also called trot .
- Chiefly British The sum of 25 pounds.
transitive verbpo·nied, po·ny·ing, po·nies
Origin of ponyProbably from obsolete French poulenet diminutive of poulain colt from Late Latin pullāmen young of an animal from Latin pullus ; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
- (regional) A small serving of an alcoholic beverage.
- (Australia, New South Wales, Victoria) A serving of 140 millilitres of beer.
- (UK, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.
- (US, slang) A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) (from "pony and trap") Crap; rubbish, nonsense.
(third-person singular simple present ponies, present participle ponying, simple past and past participle ponied)
- To lead (a horse) from another horse.
1659 from Scots powny, apparently from Middle French poulenet (“little foal"), ultimately from Late Latin pullanus (“young of an animal") (cognate to English foal).
(comparative ponier, superlative poniest)
- (Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.
Shortened from pony and trap, rhyming with crap
- Archaic spelling of peony.