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[baw-bee, baw-bee] /bɔˈbi, ˈbɔ bi/
an old Scottish bullion coin, originally worth about three halfpence of English coin, later sixpence.
a halfpenny.
anything of little value.
Origin of bawbee
1535-45; named after Alexander Orok, 16th-century mintmaster, laird of Sillebawby Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • If Sam Houston's worth one bawbee, he'll stand here and give 'em a fight.

    American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
  • Mr. bawbee being a shrewd, hard-headed Scot, had an opinion of his own.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • It doesna make a bawbee's difference in Thora's liking for Jack's lass.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • Well, if you are only going after trinkets, I wouldn't give a 'bawbee' for that kind of fun.

    Our Little Scotch Cousin Blanche McManus
  • She seemed to me to have spent all her days behind a counter, smirking thankfulness to bawbee customers.

  • As for the wages they got, they were that sma', folks used to toss up a bawbee to see whether they wad keep a servant or a canary.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • Now that I am going the way of all flesh, I have gi'en you every bawbee I have.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • But it's a verra curious thing to me, and I don't care a bawbee about the sound.

  • They couldna imagine a bawbee or a kind word to anybody but themsel's.

    A Reconstructed Marriage Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The kist and its contents will be sold for a guinea and not a bawbee less.

British Dictionary definitions for bawbee


a former Scottish silver coin
(Scot) an informal word for halfpenny (sense 2)
Word Origin
C16: named after Alexander Orok of Sillebawby, master of the mint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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