A British coin worth one half of an old penny, no longer in circulation.
The sum of one half of a penny.
Worth a halfpenny, or very little; trifling.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Halfpenny
Origin of Halfpenny
From the Middle English halpenī, either from the late-Old English hal-penige or from half + penī; equivalent to half + penny and continually reinforced by that surface analysis.
Halfpenny Sentence Examples
Before silver coinage was introduced (269 B.C.) the value of the as was about 6d., in the time of Cicero less than a halfpenny.
When published for the first time, the eight page newspaper cost only halfpenny.
Our coin shows a halfpenny which were only issued with the bare head design.
In 1908 an Income Tax and a Land Tax Act was passed; the land tax being a halfpenny in the £ " on the aggregate unimproved value " - it brought in £30,000 in 1908-1909.
This seminary was, however, closed in about six months, and on the 2nd of March 1736/7 both Johnson and Garrick left Lichfield for London - Johnson, as he afterwards said, " with twopence halfpenny in his pocket," and Garrick " with three-halfpence in his."