Definition of pony in English:


nounPlural ponies

  • 1A horse of a small breed, especially one below 15 hands (or 14 hands 2 inches).

    • ‘And the pony has the run of her Australian family's home, enjoying spaghetti, pizza, cake, cartoons and beer, all the stuff that horses and ponies seem to like.’
    • ‘You can enjoy the Wild West Horse, Hound and Music Show, which will feature barrel racing, trick riding, comic horses, Appaloosa ponies and American Quarter Horses.’
    • ‘However, a pony and two horses - including the injured one called Shauna - were later recovered.’
    • ‘Make sure it's a pony or horse who will teach your child, give them confidence, and will be a lot of FUN.’
    • ‘Mrs Lomas said: ‘There might be children or adults who would like a pony or horse.’’
    • ‘By the age of 13, Jemima was gaining fame as a show jumper, qualifying with her pony for the 1987 Horse of the Year Show.’
    • ‘She said that the aim of the project was to provide the opportunity for children who wouldn't normally be able to afford it to be able to ride a pony or horse.’
    • ‘It was a great success with many riders taking the opportunity to school their pony or horse around the excellent course before taking part in the competition.’
    • ‘You do not have to own a pony or horse and can be taught alone or in groups.’
    • ‘He conducted his study using 62 horses and ponies of mixed breeds, from Cob to Connemara, aged between two and 30 years of age.’
    • ‘General Slim listed carrier pigeons, dogs, ponies, mules, horses, bullocks, buffaloes, and elephants as all being used by his Fourteenth Army in the Burma campaign.’
    • ‘He added that Ireland has 75,500 horses and ponies, with thoroughbred horses accounting for an estimated £100 million per annum in exports.’
    • ‘I am very happy that my parents protected me and raised me with cats, dogs, a pony and horse.’
    • ‘Galloway ponies and running horses - early English racehorses - were bred at Helmsley, on the Earl of Rutland's estate.’
    • ‘Joan introduced them to her pride and joy, the lovely Yorkshire terriers she bred and her three ponies.’
    • ‘The show began on Saturday, July 30 at 10 am with classes for style and appearance for horses and ponies followed by working hunter horses and ponies.’
    • ‘There was a farm with a pony, racehorses, Poll Hereford cattle, a Fiat tractor and a bocce course.’
    • ‘Warner, who has rescued Thoroughbreds off the racetrack before, plans to keep Big Rut as a lead pony or show horse.’
    • ‘The riding school provides group and individual classes for equestrians of all ages and abilities who get to saddle up one of 11 horses and ponies.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from the RDS on-site well, which can deliver up to 15,000 litres an hour, are being used to irrigate the grounds for the horses and ponies.’
    1. 1.1the poniesNorth American informal Racehorses.
      ‘he had been playing the ponies on the side’
      • ‘What we saw were new faces here, which hopefully will return on a regular basis as they learn the nuances of picking the ponies.’
      • ‘It was his first time at Fair Grounds but playing the ponies is nothing to new to Duc Vo.’
      • ‘Geez, how much had he lost playing the ponies over the years?’
      • ‘Likewise, those who come in to play the ponies received coupons related to the machines.’
      • ‘When Ralph buys a racehorse, Tony discovers he has a knack for picking the ponies.’
      • ‘And yet, there it was, a small but visibly youthful contingent choosing to celebrate a vacation day at Belmont Park playing the ponies.’
      • ‘Even if you're not into playing the ponies, the setting is marvelous and it's a superb place for a picnic.’
      • ‘In fact, it was playing the ponies that's gotten him into this current mess - unless you count throwing a wad of money away chasing a newspaper's success as gambling.’
      • ‘Longtime Devine-watchers pointed to Stan's fondness for playing the ponies, but he's also a basketball and football enthusiast, and has had some preternaturally bad picks.’
  • 2informal A small glass or measure of alcohol.

    ‘a pony of vodka’
    • ‘In a pony glass, combine the bourbon, brown sugar and simple syrup.’
    • ‘Coat a Martini or pony glass with grenadine, pour gin and peppermint schnapps over ice, shake, strain and pour into glass.’
  • 3British informal A sum of £25.

    • ‘The opening lyrics include "stick a pony in my pocket", pony being London slang for 25 pounds sterling.’
    • ‘Indeed, the amount of 25 pounds sterling - like an equine pony, not overly large, but substantial at the time - was called "a pony."’

verbponies, ponied, ponying

[with object]pony something up
North American
  • Pay a sum of money, especially as a contribution or unavoidable expense.

    ‘he ponied up $450 for the project’
    • ‘They can simply ask for it, and in many cases, ISPs have been more than willing to pony it up.’
    • ‘The Third Way authors assume liberals will just pony up as usual even if the party chooses a platform carefully tailored to offend no one, and therefore excite no one.’
    • ‘Jeff Henry hopes to see the province eventually pony up more money for students.’
    • ‘Buying this automobile is pretty much an open and shut case of pick your color and pony up the MSRP of $48,900.’
    • ‘Puerto Rico, Japan and Mexico all are rich in baseball history and tradition, with a ready-made fan base eager to snap up tickets and pony up for licensed merchandise.’
    • ‘Would it be cheaper for states to pay for fat reduction surgery for their overweight residents, or pony up to cover the hefty long term medical costs of obesity?’
    • ‘Well, it wouldn't be so bad, I guess, but I haven't got the cash to support that yet, so dumb Cap Guy usually ponies it up which I guess he's getting sick of.’
    • ‘Why are the Clippers not playing him, and why didn't anyone in the Eastern Conference pony up the dough to sign this guy?’
    • ‘On paper, the decision to dump O'Neal and pony up maximum dollars for the most dynamic 25-year-old the game has ever known is a no-brainer.’
    • ‘Those of you who do pony up the dough will be quite happy with it.’
    supply, give, issue, furnish, lay out, come up with, dispense, bestow, impart, produce, yield, bring forth, bear, deliver, donate, contribute, pledge, advance, spare, part with, allocate, distribute, allot, assign, put forward, put up, proffer, present, extend, render
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Mid 17th century: probably from French poulenet ‘small foal’, diminutive of poulain, from late Latin pullanus, from Latin pullus ‘young animal’.