Penny definition

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Any of various coins of small denomination.
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In the United States and Canada, the coin that is worth one cent.
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A sum of money.
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A coin used in Great Britain since 1971, worth1100 of a pound.
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A coin formerly used in Great Britain, worth112 of a shilling or1240 of a pound.
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A coin formerly used in the Republic of Ireland, worth1100 of a pound.
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A coin used in various dependent territories of the United Kingdom.
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In the United Kingdom and certain other countries,
  • A monetary unit equal to1100 of a pound.
  • Before 1971, a monetary unit equal to112 of a shilling.
  • A coin worth one penny.
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A U.S. or Canadian cent.
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Any of several other low-value coins, as a denarius.
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A sum of money.
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Costing a (specified) number of pennies.
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Having a size designated as (a specified number)

A sixpenny nail is larger than a fourpenny nail, but the numbers in their designations do not specify units of length, weight, etc.

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(historical) In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
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In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1/100 of a pound sterling.
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(historical) In Ireland, a coin worth 1/100 of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.
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In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth 1/100 of a dollar. Abbreviation: ¢.
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In various countries, a small-denomination copper or brass coin.
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A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.
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Money in general.

To turn an honest penny.

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(slang) To jam a door shut by inserting pennies between the doorframe and the door.

Zach and Ben had only been at college for a week when their door was pennied by the girls down the hall.

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(electronics) To circumvent the tripping of an electrical circuit breaker by the dangerous practice of inserting a coin in place of a fuse in a fuse socket.
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A diminutive of the female given name Penelope.
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pretty penny
  • A considerable sum of money:
    I paid a pretty penny for that ring.
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a pretty penny
  • a large sum of money
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turn an honest penny
  • to earn money fairly and honestly
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
penny
Plural:
pennies

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of penny

  • Middle English an English coin from Old English penig

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

  • From Old English penning, penniġ, from Proto-Germanic *panningaz, of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary