The British farthing.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a former small British coin, equal to one fourth of a penny
- a thing of little value; the least amount
Origin: Middle English ferthing ; from Old English feorthing, literally , a fourthling, fourth part, diminutive of feortha, fourth
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- Abbr. f. A coin formerly used in Great Britain worth one fourth of a penny.
- Something of very little value.
Origin: Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.