• WordNet 3.6
    • n pony a range horse of the western United States
    • n pony any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder
    • n pony an informal term for a racehorse "he liked to bet on the ponies"
    • n pony a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
    • n pony a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants Kisa drives a small pony and trap past the distracted giants

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although the Pony Express was one of the most famous chapters in U.S. history, it only lasted one year, from 1860-61.
    • Pony A small glass of beer.
    • Pony A small horse.
    • Pony A translation or a key used to avoid study in getting lessons; a crib; a trot.
    • Pony Twenty-five pounds sterling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There was a "pony express" in Persia many centuries before Christ. Riders on this ancient circuit, wearing special colored headbands, delivered the mails across the vast stretch of Asia Minor, sometimes riding for hundreds of miles without a break.
    • n pony A very small horse; specifically, a horse less than 13 hands in height. The Shetland breed of ponies are stoutly built, active and hardy, with very full mane and tail, and of gentle, docile disposition. In western parts of the United States all the small hardy horses (mustangs or broncos) used by the Indians are called ponies.
    • n pony The sum of £25.
    • n pony 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 pony A very small drinking-glass. A glass holding about a mouthful of spirits, as brandy.
    • n pony The quantity (of liquor) contained in such a glass.
    • n pony A small raft of logs.
    • n pony In the West Indies, a small tree, Tecoma serratifolia.
    • pony To use a pony in translating: as, to pony a piece of Latin.
    • n pony Something very small of its kind: an attributive use.
    • pony To pay; settle; put: with up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses
    • n Pony pō′ni a small horse—one less than 13 hands high:
    • v.t Pony to use a crib in translating
    • n Pony pō′ni (slang) £25: a key or translation of the writings of an author: a small glass of beer
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  • Billie Burke
    Billie Burke
    “To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.”
  • Lou Reed
    Lou Reed
    “Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.”


Dog and pony show - (USA) A dog and pony show is a presentation or some marketing that has lots of style, but no real content.
One-trick pony - A one-trick pony is someone who does one thing well, but has limited skills in other areas.
Shanks's pony - (UK) If you go somewhere by Shanks's pony, you walk there.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gael. ponaidh,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Gael. poniadh.


In literature:

And it was worth while watching Helen Morrell ride a pony.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
After riding for a quarter of an hour they reached a little clearing near the river and Sheila saw her guide halt his pony and dismount.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Say, is that a new pony you're ridin', Kid?
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Instead of taking it, he turned in his saddle and pulled his pony to a walk.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
When the fu t'ou tried to get a pony for me from the pony hong he was met by a refusal.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
A moment later and two ponies were reined up in the circle of fire-light.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
I'll have the ponies ready, and the men.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
As these ponies are to-day, so they were when I was a boy.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
We packed the other horses while the blue pony stood resting one hind leg, his eyes dreaming.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
On a narrow, well-bred pony, of 11 or 12 hands high, a boy of six can sit like a little man.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey

In poetry:

This I remember
I saw from a train:
A shaggy wild pony
That stood in the rain.
"A Memory" by Douglas Gibson
All these years after
It comes back again:
A shaggy wild pony
That stood in the rain.
"A Memory" by Douglas Gibson
Of other friends he has no lack;
Grey pussy is his crony,
And kittens mount upon his back,
As youngsters mount a pony.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
Lovely one,
With delicate hands and slender feet
Like a silver pony,
Walking, flower of the world,
Thus I see you,
Lovely one.
"Lovely One" by Pablo Neruda
With P for Pony he will show
That he his family name doth know;
And he will find the C for clown
And at his feet will put it down.
"Cleverness" by Mary Tourtel
Know, and leap at my call, Quien,
And forever pace with pony's stride,
And never a start shall fall, Quien,
And never again our trails divide.
"To My Dog,"Quien Sabe"" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

Both sold on the pony club circuit.
INTERVIEWS Deftones Stream 'Koi No Yokan,' Launch the Rightful Successor to 'White Pony'.
Troy Davidson plays a hip, bearded Hamlet in Mad Cat Theatre's The Hamlet Dog and Pony Show.
It's a thoroughbred production, but when it comes to realism, drama fails to pony up.
Dr John wants Shell to pony up for wetlands restoration.
Has your little one been asking for a pony.
Of the 11 teams that entered the PONY tournament, six advanced to Regionals and only one team survived: Shetland Red.
Eudora resident pleads no contest to animal cruelty charge, must pay state for care of Shetland pony.
Peak horsepower and torque numbers are both within one tick, but more significantly, the aftermarket slip-ons make up to 4 more ponies from 4000 to 6200 rpm, alleviating some of the Shiver 's low-speed stumbles.
Marie Claire Ponies Up for Cabs.
Congressman John Dingell unfriended Julius Genachowski this week over the FCC chairman's refusal to pony up the commission's spectrum-analysis plan for auctioning off broadcast airwaves.
Weaknesses Sad devotion to cooking gear and Bill the pony compromise mission.
Few would argue that the quintessential pony car still is strong on power and somewhat low on sophistication.
I was hoping to fing my first pony Steeling Home.
This Supra Pumps Out 674 Ponies On Pump-Gas.

In science:

In power on/off strategy, E (cid:2)XX†(cid:3) = PonIs where the Pon constant denotes the on-power.
Quantization Bounds on Grassmann Manifolds and Applications to MIMO Communications