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Webster 1913 Edition


Pony

Po′ny

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Ponies
.
[Written also
poney
.]
[Gael.
ponaidh
.]
1.
A small horse.
2.
Twenty-five pounds sterling.
[Slang, Eng.]
3.
A translation or a key used to avoid study in getting lessons; a crib; a trot.
[College Cant]
4.
A small glass of beer.
[Slang]
Pony chaise
,
a light, low chaise, drawn by a pony or a pair of ponies.
Pony engine
,
a small locomotive for switching cars from one track to another.
[U.S.]
Pony truck
(Locomotive Engine)
,
a truck which has only two wheels.
Pony truss
(Bridge Building)
,
a truss which has so little height that overhead bracing can not be used.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pony

PO'NY

,
Noun.
A small horse.

Definition 2022


Pony

Pony

See also: pony

German

Noun

Pony n (genitive Ponys, plural Ponys)

  1. pony (horse)

Etymology 2

From the similarity of the haircut with the mane of a pony.

Noun

Pony m (genitive Ponys, plural Ponys)

  1. bangs, fringe (haircut)

pony

pony

See also: Pony

English

New Forest pony (1)

Noun

pony (plural ponies)

  1. Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
  2. (regional) A small serving of an alcoholic beverage, especially beer.
    • 1879, “Some Queer Interviews: Interview with a Pony of Beer”, Puck, Vol. 5–6, p. 435
    • 1885, New York Journal, August:[2]
      ‘I’m on the inside track,’ said a pony of beer as it went galloping down a man’s throat.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 193:
      Demon popped into his mouth a last morsel of black bread with elastic samlet, gulped down a last pony of vodka and took his place at the table with Marina facing him across its oblong length.
    • 2010, Dick Lynas, Pies Were for Thursdays: Tales from an Ordinary Glasgow East End Childhood, page 283,
      I did not even know what a ‘pony’, a small chaser of beer, was. But of course I could not admit that. So putting on an air of nonchalance, and a deep voice, I strolled into a pub with one of the other equally naive guys and we ordered two ponies of beer.
      ‘McEwans?’ asked the barman.
      ‘Naw - ponies’ said I.
  3. (Australia, New South Wales, Victoria) A serving of 140 millilitres of beer (formerly 5 fl oz); a quarter pint.
  4. (Britain, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.
  5. (US, slang) A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Library of America, 1985, p.104:
      She kept the dates written down in her Latin 'pony', so she didn't have to bother about who it was.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

pony (third-person singular simple present ponies, present participle ponying, simple past and past participle ponied)

  1. (transitive) To lead (a horse) from another horse.

Etymology 2

Short for pony and trap, rhyming with crap.

Adjective

pony (comparative ponier, superlative poniest)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.

Noun

pony (plural ponies)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Crap; rubbish, nonsense.

References

  1. Notes and Queries, August 8th, 1896, p. 126: “It seems probable the origin is due to the diminutiveness of the glass;”
    “The expression ‘a pony of beer’ is often used in South Wales for a small glass containing about the fourth of a pint.”
  2. Americanisms, Farmer, p. 430

Italian

Etymology

Borrowing from English pony.

Noun

pony m (invariable)

  1. pony (young horse)
  2. pony express