An honest, trustworthy person.
- 1820, Sir Walter Scott, The Monastery, ch. 14:
- "Ha!" said Christie, "art thou there, old Truepenny? here, stable me these steeds, and see them well bedded."
- 1870, Wilkie Collins, Man and Wife, ch. 25:
- "Duncan! you are, what I call, a clear-minded man. Well worth thinking of, old Truepenny!"
- 1916, Sherwood Anderson, Windy McPherson's Son, ch. 3:
- "Hear me, Father Almighty. . . . Are you there, old Truepenny?"
- Not uncommonly used by literary authors as an echo of Shakespeare's usage in Hamlet, complete with the phrase Art thou there?.