Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Marked by an elegant or exclusive manner or quality: a tony country club.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stylish, high-toned, upscale.
  • n. A simpleton.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A simpleton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a high tone; affecting social elegance; genteel; swell.
  • n. A simpleton.

Etymologies

From tone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
tone +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
From the name Tony. (Wiktionary)

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  • Harrington's Tulsa practice is in a tony part of town, on a row of some of the city's most upscale medical practices. The white-and-green stucco, two-story dental clinic has the doctor's name in fancy letters on the facade.
    "HIV test urged for 7,000 Oklahoma dental patients", Justin Juozapavicius, AP, March 28, 2013. link

    March 29, 2013

  • Tony of Plymouth!

    August 27, 2009

  • A tony neighbourhood. A tony apartment.
    Some guys have all the luck.

    April 14, 2009

  • December 7, 2006