See also: Ponce

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Uncertain, but probably an aphetic form of French alphonse (kept man), from the male given name Alphonse. Also sometimes connected to pounce or French pensionnaire (pensioner, person living without working).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɒns/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒns

NounEdit

ponce (plural ponces)

  1. (Britain, derogatory slang) A man living off another's earnings, especially a woman's.
    1. Synonym of kept man. [1859]
    2. Synonym of pimp, especially one hired by a prostitute as a tout, bodyguard, and driver. [1872]
  2. (Britain, Australia, Ireland, derogatory slang) Synonym of poof: an effeminate male homosexual; any similarly effeminate man. [1932]
    • 2000, Ben Kingsley as Don Logan, Sexy Beast:
      Thanks Don, see you Don, off to sunny Spain now Don, fuck off Don. Lying in your pool like a fat blob laughing at me, you think I'm gonna have that? You really think I'm gonna have that, ya ponce.

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VerbEdit

ponce (third-person singular simple present ponces, present participle poncing, simple past and past participle ponced)

  1. (Britain, slang) To act as a pimp.
  2. (Britain, slang) Hence, to try to get rid of or proactively sell something.
  3. (Britain, derogatory) To behave in a posh or effeminate manner.
    • 1992, Michael Swanwick, Stations of the Tide:
      The interior was warm and dim, cluttered with flying brass pigs and poncing felt mannequins.
  4. (Britain, slang) To borrow (something) from somebody without returning it.

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FrenchEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Latin pūmex (via a Late Latin pōmex).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ponce f (plural ponces)

  1. pumice
  2. (Quebec) hot alcoholic beverage made with gin or rum

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ItalianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English punch, from Hindi पाँच (pā̃c, five), because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from Sanskrit पञ्चन् (páñcan).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔn.t͡ʃe/, [ˈpɔn̺ʲt͡ʃe]
  • Hyphenation: pòn‧ce

NounEdit

ponce m (uncountable)

  1. punch (beverage)

ReferencesEdit

  • ponce in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana