Main definitions of ponce in English

: ponce1Ponce2


Pronunciation /päns/ /pɑns/

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  • 1informal, derogatory A pretentious, affected, or effete man.

    • ‘So everybody knows the British are tea-drinking, snaggle-toothed ponces, and gay to boot.’
    • ‘There are no nancy girls, cross-dressers, pansies, butches, flip-flops or ponces.’
    • ‘‘When I hit my teenage years I said ‘acting's for ponces - I want to be a rock star and sing in a band instead’.’
    • ‘You know you love prancing around like a ponce with new clothes.’
    • ‘He proudly admits he is from hard-working peasant stock and sees me as lazy, vain and probably as a ponce.’
    coward, weakling, milksop, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby, milquetoast
    1. 1.1offensive A homosexual man.
      coward, weakling, milksop, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby, milquetoast
  • 2informal A man who lives off a prostitute's earnings.

    • ‘So a colleague, faced with sentencing a Living on Immoral Earnings charge, whispered to the Clerk ‘How much do you give a ponce?’’
    • ‘Someone called me a ‘art-ponce’- the meaning of ponce is ‘someone who procures customers for whores’ - look it up.’
    procurer, procuress


informal British
  • 1with object Ask for or obtain (something to which one is not strictly entitled)

    • ‘I ponced a cigarette off her’
    • ‘I did start an Amazon wishlist but I kind of think that's the equivalent of hanging around in bars poncing drinks off strangers.’
    • ‘I ponce cigarettes off Davo.’
    • ‘I lost interest when The Bride went to ponce a sword off the Sushi Guy.’
    • ‘But instead I've just been poncing twenties and fifties off friends, relatives and, finally, acquaintances in the oddest of places: a whole range of car parks, the new malls and basically anywhere near a cashpoint machine.’
    • ‘Although I had resolved that morning to give up the poncing lark, by now it was several hours past the midday cocktail hour so I drove to north-west London and ponced a whopping £200 off a TV producer I know called Roy, a lovely bloke.’
    be a pimp, be pimping
  • 2no object Live off a prostitute's earnings.

    • ‘he was arrested for poncing on the girl’
    • ‘Vice squads have been disbanded all over the country and pimping (or poncing as it was once known) has proliferated.’
    • ‘For Phoenix’s interviewees poncing meant being trapped into prostitution and accepting the idea of prostitution as a trap that could not be escaped.’

Phrasal Verbs

    ponce around
    British informal
    • Behave in an affected or ineffectual way.

      • ‘I ponced around in front of the mirror’
    ponce something up
    British informal
    • Make overly elaborate and unnecessary changes to something in an attempt to improve it.

      • ‘they would not let the food alone, they had to ponce it up in some way or other’
      • ‘NSW's great iconic pubs are all in the bush, the city ones having been long since ponced up.’
      • ‘I was expecting it to be all ponced up, but no, the Third World is staging a vigorous comeback.’


Late 19th century perhaps from the verb pounce.

Main definitions of Ponce in English

: ponce1Ponce2


Pronunciation /ˈpônsā/ /ˈpɔnseɪ/

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proper noun

  • An industrial port in southern Puerto Rico, on the Caribbean Sea; population 144,500 (est. 2009).