Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several types or breeds of horses that are small in size when full grown, such as the Shetland pony.
  • n. Informal A racehorse.
  • n. Sports A polo horse.
  • n. Something small for its kind, especially a small glass for beer or liqueur.
  • n. A word-for-word translation of a foreign language text, especially one used secretly by students as an aid in studying or test-taking. Also called crib, trot.
  • n. Chiefly British The sum of 25 pounds.
  • transitive v. To study with the aid of a pony: pony a lesson; ponied all night before the exam.
  • pony up Slang To pay (money owed or due).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
  • n. A small serving of an alcoholic beverage.
  • n. A serving of 140 millilitres of beer.
  • n. Twenty-five pounds sterling.
  • n. A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.
  • n. (from "pony and trap") Crap; rubbish, nonsense.
  • v. To lead (a horse) from another horse.
  • adj. Of little worth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small horse.
  • n. Twenty-five pounds sterling.
  • n. A translation or a key used to avoid study in getting lessons; a crib; a trot.
  • n. A small glass of beer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very small horse; specifically, a horse less than 13 hands in height.
  • n. The sum of £25.
  • n. A translation of a Greek or Latin author used unfairly in the preparation of lessons; hence, any book so used: same as horse, 9. [School and college slang.]
  • n. A very small drinking-glass.
  • n. The quantity (of liquor) contained in such a glass.
  • n. A small raft of logs.
  • n. In the West Indies, a small tree, Tecoma serratifolia.
  • To use a pony in translating: as, to pony a piece of Latin.
  • n. Something very small of its kind: an attributive use.
  • To pay; settle; put: with up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a range horse of the western United States
  • n. an informal term for a racehorse
  • n. a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
  • n. any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder
  • n. a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete French poulenet, diminutive of poulain, colt, from Late Latin pullāmen, young of an animal, from Latin pullus; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1659 from Scots powny, apparently from French poulenet ("little foal") (15th c.), ultimately from Late Latin pullanus ("young of an animal") (cognate to English foal). (Wiktionary)
Shortened from pony and trap, rhyming with crap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As Mr Crummles had a strange four – legged animal in the inn stables, which he called a pony, and a vehicle of unknown design, on which he bestowed the appellation of a four – wheeled phaeton, Nicholas proceeded on his journey next morning with greater ease than he had expected: the manager and himself occupying the front seat: and the Master

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • Well, the pony is there, and so is the black horse.

    The Old Helmet

  • After all, a fire chief with a pink pony is absolutely what the world needs right now.

    Women’s History Month « Tales from the Reading Room

  • But his hardy mountain pony he could scarcely raise a trot,

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • He had the round, deep-chested, big-hearted, well-coupled body of the ideal mountain pony, and his head and neck were true thoroughbred, slender, yet full, with lovely alert ears not too small to be vicious nor too large to be stubborn mulish.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • And after reading the other comments, my major pony is the belief that we're going to see Rose and Ten2 in one of these specials.

    A final note on Torchwood:CoE and S4 Doctor Who

  • The pony is for all of us ... we can pet it and ride it and feet it apple slices.

    What I love about Russell T. Davies

  • While I love Russel and really respect David (or vice a versa) in the end the real reason I'm holding out legitimate, honest hope for a pony is Billie Piper.

    Pony Pep Talk Needed...ARRGGH!

  • The pony is what we all deserve ... not just you and I and other disgruntled fans ... but the fans who don't even know that this works so much better in the long run.

    New FIC...Afterlife...a fix-it fic for JE

  • Half a pony is like something out of the Godfather.

    What I love about Russell T. Davies

Comments

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  • Awesome, Pro! I'd call for lots more cowbell to accompany that pony. Why not "go for broke". "Shoot the moon".

    March 23, 2011

  • In Fourceelia (and as it turns out, in many other places, according to google), ... and a pony means... wait, someone else explained it better than I could do here (link)

    This is what I refer to as ".. and a Pony!" thinking: the person asking the question doesn't know that what they're asking for is essentially impossible. So you might as well throw a Pony in there while you're at it. Everyone loves Ponies.

    Here's the original reference (from Bill Watterson's masterpiece Calvin and Hobbes):

    March 23, 2011

  • The Pony was a dance made popular in the 1960s by the Chubby Checker song "Pony Time". The beat is 1&2, 3&4, etc, with the feet comfortably together. Various arm and hand motions can be done when Pony-ing, and movement on the dance floor can occur; however, there is no line-of-dance. Couples do not touch, and they are generally facing each other, but turns and chase positions are also possible.

    The Pony is mentioned in the Wilson Pickett song Land of a Thousand Dances and in the Nick Lowe song "I Knew the Bride".

    The Pony is mentioned in the Go-go's song "We Got the Beat."

    _Wikipedia

    February 24, 2008