Pony vs Nag - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between pony and nag
is that pony
is any of several small breeds of horse under 142 hands while nag
is a small horse; a pony or nag
can be one who.
As verbs the difference between pony and nag
is that pony
is to lead (a horse) from another horse while nag
is to repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
As a adjective pony
is (cockney rhyming slang) of little worth.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
1659 from (etyl) (cognate to English foal).
Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
(regional) A small serving of an alcoholic beverage.
* 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 193:
* 2010 , Dick Lynas, Pies Were for Thursdays: Tales from an Ordinary Glasgow East End Childhood ,
- Demon popped into his mouth a last morsel of black bread with elastic samlet, gulped down a last pony of vodka and took his place at the table with Marina facing him across its oblong length.
- I did not even know what a ‘pony'’, a small chaser of beer, was. But of course I could not admit that. So putting on an air of nonchalance, and a deep voice, I strolled into a pub with one of the other equally naive guys and we ordered two ' ponies of beer.
- ‘McEwans?’ asked the barman.
(Australia, New South Wales, Victoria) A serving of 140 millilitres of beer.
(UK, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.
(US, slang) A translation used as a study aid; loosely, a crib, a cheat-sheet.
(Cockney rhyming slang) (from "pony and trap" ) Crap; rubbish, nonsense.
- ‘Naw - ponies ’ said I.
* dog and pony show
* play the ponies
* polo pony
* pony and trap
* pony chaise
* pony engine
* pony express
* pony glass
* pony keg
* pony truck
* pony truss
* pony up
* Shetland pony
To lead (a horse) from another horse.
Shortened from (pony and trap), rhyming with (crap)
(Cockney rhyming slang) Of little worth.
(etyl) nagge'', cognate with Dutch ''negge
A small horse; a pony.
An old useless horse.
(obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
* 1598 , , III. x. 11:
- Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt – Whom leprosy o'ertake!
* (old useless horse) dobbin, hack, jade, plug
* (old useless horse) bum (racing )
Probably from a (etyl) source; compare Swedish .
To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
To bother with persistent memories.
Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
- The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
- A nagging pain in his left knee
- A nagging north wind