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pony

A pony is just like a horse, only shorter. Riding a pony can be less intimidating than riding a horse, because you sit a little closer to the ground. Giddy-up!

Many people think that ponies are young horses, but they're entirely different (though closely related) animals. A pony is smaller than a horse, with shorter legs, although often thicker and sturdier proportionally through the body. To pony up, on the other hand, doesn't have anything to do with equines: it means to pay money: "If you want a cup of lemonade, you'll have to pony up a dollar."

Definitions of pony
  1. noun
    any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder
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    types:
    Shetland pony
    breed of very small pony with long shaggy mane and tail
    Welsh pony
    breed of small ponies originally from Wales
    Exmoor
    stocky breed of pony with a fawn-colored nose
    type of:
    Equus caballus, horse
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
  2. noun
    a range horse of the western United States
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    types:
    mustang
    small hardy range horse of the western plains descended from horses brought by the Spanish
    Indian pony, cayuse
    a small native range horse
    bronc, broncho, bronco
    an unbroken or imperfectly broken mustang
    type of:
    Equus caballus, horse
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
  3. noun
    an informal term for a racehorse
    “he liked to bet on the ponies
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    type of:
    bangtail, race horse, racehorse
    a horse bred for racing
  4. noun
    a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
    synonyms: jigger, shot glass
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    type of:
    drinking glass, glass
    a container for holding liquids while drinking
  5. noun
    a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
    synonyms: crib, trot
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    type of:
    interlingual rendition, rendering, translation, version
    a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
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