- a small horse of any of a number of 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
Origin: ? alteration of pons (asinorum)Informal a literal translation of a work in a foreign language, used in doing schoolwork, often dishonestly; crib
- ☆ Slang a racehorse
- Brit., Slang the sum of twenty-five pounds
Origin: Scot 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
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noun pl. po·nies
- Any of several types or breeds of horses 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 secretly by students as an aid in studying or test-taking. Also called crib, trot.
- Chiefly British The sum of 25 pounds.
Origin: Probably 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.