- made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use.
- something that is catchpenny.
Origin of catchpenny
1750–60; from phrase catch (a) penny
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Examples from the Web for catchpenny
Wrote a tale of "'76," which with others will make a catchpenny book.Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott
And what catchpenny ballad writer could not write a parody on them as you have done?The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two
It was Marr, though, who had seized upon it when it merely was a catchpenny carnival device and made of it a real money earner.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
It is the staple commodity of your newspaper-mongers, and the catchpenny song of the streets.
Their popularity is not of the catchpenny sort; thoughtful people read them, as well as the great drove of the undiscriminating.
- (prenominal) designed to have instant appeal, esp in order to sell quickly and easily without regard for qualitycatchpenny ornaments
- an item or commodity that is cheap and showy
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