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[groht] /groʊt/
a silver coin of England, equal to four pennies, issued from 1279 to 1662.
Origin of groat
1325-75; Middle English groot < Middle Dutch groot large, name of a large coin; see great Unabridged
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  • 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 Hall Caine
  • 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 George MacDonald
  • Ay, leeks is goot:—Hold you, there is a groat to heal your pate.

    King Henry the Fifth William Shakespeare
  • It was but a ring, with an emerald in it, that Bevis knew to be sham, and not worth a groat.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A penny hain'd's a penny clear, and a preen a-day's a groat a-year.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Literally, he never lost a cow who cried for the loss of a groat.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • He that winna lout and lift a preen will ne'er be worth a groat.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
British Dictionary definitions for groat


an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch groot, from Middle Low German gros, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (coin); see groschen
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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