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tony

[toh-nee] /ˈtoʊ ni/
adjective, tonier, toniest. Informal.
1.
high-toned; stylish:
a tony nightclub.
Origin of tony
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; tone + -y1

Tony

[toh-nee] /ˈtoʊ ni/
noun, plural Tonys.
1.
one of a group of awards made annually by the American Theatre Wing, a professional school for the performing arts, for achievements in theatrical production and performance.
Origin
after the nickname of Antoinette Perry

Tony

[toh-nee] /ˈtoʊ ni/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Anthony.
2.
a female given name, form of Antoinette or Antonia.

Blair

[blair] /blɛər/
noun
1.
Anthony Charles Lynton [lin-tuh n] /ˈlɪn tən/ (Show IPA), ("Tony") born 1953, British political leader: prime minister 1997–2007.
2.
Bonnie, born 1964, U.S. speed skater.
3.
John, 1732–1800, U.S. jurist.
4.
Also, Blaire. a male or female given name.
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Examples from the Web for tony
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  • Altogether, tony Traddles was not a pleasant person to look at.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • When you are free of your cloak, tony Cross, dismount and let us embrace.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • "Oh, stop this infernal nonsense, tony," he said in a tone tinged with alarm.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • tony and Joan returned to their circulars in an odd silence.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • At the sound of her voice all the wonder, all the worriment, fled from tony's heart.

    The Alchemist's Secret Isabel Cecilia Williams
British Dictionary definitions for tony

tony

/ˈtəʊnɪ/
adjective tonier, toniest
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) stylish or distinctive; classy
Word Origin
C20: from tone

Tony

/ˈtəʊnɪ/
noun (pl) Tonies, Tonys
1.
any of several medallions awarded annually in the United States by a professional school for the performing arts for outstanding achievement in the theatre
Word Origin
from Tony, the nickname of Antoinette Perry (died 1946), US actress and producer

Blair

/blɛə/
noun
1.
Tony, full name Anthony Charles Lynton Blair. born 1953, British politician; leader of the Labour Party (1994–2007); prime minister (1997–2007); Middle East peace envoy from 2007
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Word Origin and History for tony
adj.

1877, American English slang, from high-toned. It was the name of a reddish-brown fashion color in the 1920s.

Tony

1947, awards given by American Theatre Wing (New York), from nickname of U.S. actress, manager, and producer Antoinette Perry (1888-1946).

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Slang definitions & phrases for tony

tony

adjective

Stylish; very elegant; ritzy, swank: the tony St Regis hotel (1877+)

noun

: St Michael's alley, still inhabited by the tony

Related Terms

high-toned

[probably fr French bon ton, ''high fashion, chic'']

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