/poh"nee/, n., pl. ponies, v., ponied, ponying.
1. a small horse of any of several breeds, usually not higher at the shoulder than 141/2 hands (58 in./146 cm).
2. a horse of any small type or breed.
3. Slang. a literal translation or other text, used illicitly as an aid in schoolwork or while taking a test; crib.
4. something small of its kind.
5. a small glass for liquor.
6. the amount of liquor it will hold, usually one ounce (29.6 ml).
7. a small beverage bottle, often holding seven ounces (196 g): We bought a dozen ponies of Mexican beer.
8. Older Slang. a diminutive chorus girl.
9. See pony pack.
10. Brit. Slang. the sum of 25 pounds.
11. Slang. to prepare (lessons) by means of a pony.
12. Racing Slang.
a. to be the outrider for (a racehorse).
b. to exercise (a racehorse) by having a rider mounted on another horse lead it at a gallop around a track.
13. to prepare a lesson or lessons with the aid of a pony.
14. pony up, Informal. to pay (money), as in settling an account: Next week you'll have to pony up the balance of the loan.
[1650-60; earlier powney < obs. F poulenet, dim. of poulain colt < ML pullanus (L pull(us) FOAL + -anus -AN); see -ET]

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Any of several breeds of small horses standing less than 14.

2 hands (57 in., 144 cm) high and noted for gentleness and endurance. Among the common pony breeds are the Shetland; the stylish and hardy Welsh; the high-stepping Welsh Cob; the Exmoor and Dartmoor, natives of the English moors that are used to breed polo ponies; and the Highland, a thick, gray saddle animal.

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▪ small horse
       Selected breeds of ponies Selected breeds of poniesany of several breeds of small horses standing less than 14.2 hands (147 cm, or 58 inches) high and noted for gentleness and endurance. Among the common pony breeds are the Shetland, whose docile nature and good endurance make it desirable as a pack animal and a riding horse for children; the Welsh, a hardy breed with fine endurance and style; the Welsh Cob, noted for its high-stepping action; the Exmoor and Dartmoor, native to the moors of Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, England, and now used to breed polo ponies; and the Highland, a thick, gray saddle animal.

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