A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ANTE

Sun, 25 Sep '22
Small table fare?
Thu, 22 Sep '22
It goes in the middle of a table
Sat, 17 Sep '22
Pot grower?
Thu, 25 Aug '22
A couple of chips, perhaps
Thu, 18 Aug '22
Pay to play
Tue, 16 Aug '22
Poker payment
Mon, 11 Jul '22
Start a poker pot
Tue, 19 Apr '22
Get in the game?
Mon, 18 Apr '22
Start a poker pot
Sun, 27 Mar '22
Pay (up)
Fri, 25 Feb '22
Alternative to a blind, in poker
Mon, 31 Jan '22
Pay to get in a card game
Wed, 8 Dec '21
Initial stake
Sat, 6 Nov '21
Lead-in to date
Sat, 30 Oct '21
Pot price
Wed, 8 Sep '21
Add to the kitty
Thu, 29 Jul '21
Prefix with penultimate
Fri, 2 Jul '21
Request a hand, say
Sun, 16 May '21
A jokester might say "And the pot thickens" after one
Fri, 2 Apr '21
Kick in
Mon, 29 Mar '21
Pay to play
Sun, 14 Mar '21
Toss in a chip, maybe
Tue, 23 Feb '21
Kick in seed money
Wed, 3 Feb '21
Starting stake
Fri, 29 Jan '21
Penny-___
Thu, 7 Jan '21
Chip in, in a way