(noun) a range horse of the western United States


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


(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


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.


• horseling


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


pony (not comparable)

(Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.


pony (plural ponies)

(Cockney rhyming slang) Crap; rubbish, nonsense.

Proper noun


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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