- a silver coin of England, equal to four pennies, issued from 1279 to 1662.
Origin of groat
Examples from the Web for groat
I have an anker newly come, which never paid the King a groat.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
"I'd be badly in want of a bird, though, to give a groat for an owl," said Csar.The Manxman
As for the clout I gave Master Peter, here is a groat to mend it.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
I was bound in honour to pay the next morning, and I did not possess a groat.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Nor in all the wide London lay there one he could claim as his, but the groat in his pocket.David Elginbrod
- an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
Word Origin and History for groat
medieval European coin, late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch groot, elliptical use of adj. meaning "great, big" (in sense of "thick"); see great. Recognized from 13c. in various nations, in 14c. it was roughly one-eighth an ounce of silver; the English groat coined 1351-2 was worth four pence. Also cf. groschen.