9 Grammatical Pitfalls
slang term, chiefly British, 1872, originally "a pimp, a man supported by women" (pouncey in same sense is attested from 1861), of unknown origin, perhaps from French pensionnaire "boarder, lodger, person living without working." Meaning "male homosexual" first attested 1932 in Auden [OED]. Also as a verb. Related: Poncey.
A pimp, or any man supported by a woman (1872+ chiefly British)verb
: He quit work and took to poncing
[origin unknown; perhaps fr French pensionnaire, ''boarder, lodger, person living without working'']