The jury, without retiring from the box, returned a verdict of “Damages One farthing!”
“I am glad of that, for I have every wish to please you,” said the farthing Doll.
farthing, penny, and sixpence, of the reign of George the Fourth.
His impression is that I was really steering and trying to drop into the farthing Down beeches.
farthing: three men hanging on a gallows; "The three Thomases, 1796."
As the farthing Doll spoke, a very clever idea came into his head.
farthing Down stretches for nearly three miles north and south, and under its southern slope lies the little village of Chaldon.
Old English feorðung "quarter of a penny," a diminutive derivative of feorða "fourth" (from feower "four") + -ing "fractional part." Cognate with Old Frisian fiardeng, Middle Low German verdink, Old Norse fjordhungr.
Used in biblical translation of Latin quadrans "quarter of a denarius;" the English coin (of silver until 17c., later of copper or bronze), first was minted under Edward I and abolished 1961.
I shall geat a fart of a dead man as soone As a farthyng of him. [Heywood, "Proverbs," 1562]
(1.) Matt. 10:29; Luke 12:6. Greek assarion, i.e., a small _as_, which was a Roman coin equal to a tenth of a denarius or drachma, nearly equal to a halfpenny of our money. (2.) Matt. 5:26; Mark 12:42 (Gr. kodrantes), the quadrant, the fourth of an _as_, equal to two lepta, mites. The lepton (mite) was the very smallest copper coin.