ponce Brit.

ponce Brit.
ponce Brit.
informal
noun
1》 a man who lives off a prostitute's earnings.
2》 derogatory an effeminate man.
verb
1》 live off a prostitute's earnings.
2》 (ponce about/around) behave in an affected or ineffectual way.
3》 (ponce something up) attempt to improve something by making flashy changes.
Derivatives
poncey (also poncy) adjective
Origin
C19: perh. from pounce1.

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