Farthing definition

färthĭng
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Something of little value.
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A coin formerly used in Great Britain worth one fourth of a penny.
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A thing of little value; the least amount.
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Former British unit of currency worth one-quarter of an old penny.
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A former small British coin, equal to one fourth of a penny.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
farthing
Plural:
farthings

Origin of farthing

  • Middle English ferthing from Old English fēorthung kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English feorðing (“a quarter”), from feorða (“fourth”), probably influenced by Old Norse fiórðungr

    From Wiktionary