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Definitions of penny

  1. a coin worth one- hundredth of the value of the basic unit
  2. ( used in combination) priced as indicated; "` penny' is a combining form in such expressions as ` sixpenny cakes'"
  3. a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound
  4. priced at 1 cent; " penny candy"
  5. Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver.
  6. Money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny.
  7. See Denarius.
  8. Worth or costing one penny.
  9. Denoting pound weight for one thousand; - used in combination, with respect to nails; as, tenpenny nails, nails of which one thousand weight ten pounds.
  10. An English coin, formerly of copper, now of bronze, the twelfth part of an English shilling in account value, and equal to four farthings, or about two cents; - usually indicated by the abbreviation d. ( the initial of denarius).
  11. An English bronze coin, equal to one- twelfth of a shilling, or to two cents of United States money; colloquially, in the United States, a cent.
  12. An English copper coin, orig. silver, of the value of four farthings, or one twelfth of a shilling, equal to about two cents: a small sum: money in general: ( New Test.) a silver coin- 15c.:- pl. PENNIES, denoting the number of coins, PENCE, the amount of pennies in value.
  13. Coin of the value of one- twelfth of a shilling, or about cents.
  14. Pence.
  15. Pennies.
  16. A British coin, onetwelfth of a shilling, or 2 cents United States value.
  17. Any small coin, as a cent ( U. S.).
  18. Pennies or Pence, the former to denote the number of coins, the latter the amount of pennies in value.
  19. A copper coin, the twelfth part of a shilling; a small sum; money; a denarius.
  20. The original meaning was probably a coin in general; an English copper coin, twelve of which are equal to a shilling; a small sum; money in general.
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Usage examples for penny

  1. " Dear old man," he said, speaking as one speaks to a child that cannot understand, " you shall never want while I have a penny, or have head or hands to work. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  2. In one the rate may be one and a penny in the pound, in another only a shilling. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  3. " Pardon me, dear Sir; not a penny more than one for each of you. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  4. A penny is what most folks' thoughts are bid for, but yours may be worth more. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  5. Sure what sort of a husband can she expect, and her without a penny? – North, South and Over the Sea by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  6. Holding it up in his fingers, he looked round and asked, " Will any one give me a penny for it?" – The One Great Reality by Louisa Clayton
  7. " Oh, all right," replied Penny. – Danger at the Drawbridge by Mildred A. Wirt
  8. " You've got a heart as big as a house, and I'm proud of you, but no- not a penny of your money. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  9. " A penny," said the 'bus- conductor. – This Is the End by Stella Benson
  10. Mary gave her brother a penny to put into the plate, but he put it into his pocket instead; he was always a man of business. – By Violence by John Trevena
  11. They were side by side again in their penny chairs, and Kate had another pause. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  12. When he comes to his last penny, he'll probably blow his brains out; just the fellow to do that kind of thing. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  13. John gave him a penny for his show. – The Delectable Duchy by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  14. Say, Bill, by the time you get out of this scrape you'll owe a pretty penny for law, I reckon. – Down the Slope by James Otis
  15. How is a man to have self- respect, without a penny in his pocket? – The Bag of Diamonds by George Manville Fenn
  16. And he's three thousand, if he's a penny! – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. " I haven't much hope of doing that," Penny answered. – The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Mildred A. Wirt
  18. You are welcome to every penny of it. – A Singer from the Sea by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  19. Would you like a penny? – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  20. They said it was a strange thing they were never to be together, and neither of them had got a penny left. – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
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