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[fawr-puh ns, fohr-] /ˈfɔr pəns, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, British.
a sum of money of the value of four English pennies.
Origin of fourpence
First recorded in 1715-25; four + pence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I couldn't afford to sell one like it for less than fourpence.

    Tales of the Toys, Told by Themselves Frances Freeling Broderip
  • He coined sixpences for Ireland worth only fourpence in England.

  • In all, a financial tribute of thirty-seven pounds three and fourpence was paid to the memory of the late Mr. Gibbs.

  • "Seven and fourpence 'ap'ny—most of it beer," said the child.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • There is old Jones who lives out towards the Bell Rock, he owes three years' tithe—thirty-four pounds eleven and fourpence.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • I should be surprised if she submitted meekly to the loss of one and fourpence.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • The vendor said he could get fourpence a pound for the whole, and that it made capital Bristol board.

  • It will indeed, Hetty, and all for fourpence a day, say you?

  • There was then a general move towards the great white gate, and as he paid his fourpence the nods of recognition and How are ye's?

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • Why, sir, I tell you he was sellin' them before my face for fourpence a-piece.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
British Dictionary definitions for fourpence


a former English silver coin then worth four pennies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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