PONY

pony

(noun) a range horse of the western United States

pony

(noun) any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder

pony

(noun) an informal term for a racehorse; “he liked to bet on the ponies”

pony, trot, crib

(noun) a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Noun

pony (plural ponies)

A small horse; specifically, any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands at the withers.

(regional) A small serving of an alcoholic beverage, especially beer.

(Australia, New South Wales, Victoria) A serving of 140 millilitres of beer (formerly 5 fl oz); a quarter pint.

(UK, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.

(US, slang) A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.

Synonyms

• horseling

Verb

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

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

To use a crib or cheat-sheet in translating.

Etymology 2

Adjective

pony (not comparable)

(Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.

Noun

pony (plural ponies)

(Cockney rhyming slang) Crap; rubbish, nonsense.

Proper noun

Pony

An athletic shoe or other piece of athletic gear of an American-based brand of that name.

Source: Wiktionary


Po"ny, n.; pl. Ponies (. [Written also poney.] Etym: [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. [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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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