1. Common name for the Tony Award, the medallions that have been given annually since 1947 for excellence in some aspect of the theatre/theater. Named after Antoinette Perry, who was chairman of the board and secretary of the American Theatre Wing until her death in 1946.

  2. A nickname for Anthony, Antonio, Antoinette and related names.

  3. In the 1920s, a reddish-brown color, usually used to describe a color of clothing (the OED's citations describe shoes and stockings).

  4. Fashionable, stylish, high-toned, classy. Derived from "tone" and dates back to 1877 .

  5. An obsolete verb meaning to swindle or make a fool of. (The OED's single citation is from 1652.)

A silly fellow, or ninny. A mere tony : a simpleton.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

To"ny (?), n.; pl. Tonies (#). [Abbrev. from Anthony.]

A simpleton.


A pattern and companion fit For all the keeping tonies of the pit. Dryden.


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