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

    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
  • I can say it before her, because the child hasn't a groat's worth of vanity.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • I have an anker newly come, which never paid the King a groat.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She gave him a good box on the ear, and said, "There's a groat; now I owe you twopence."

  • "I'd be badly in want of a bird, though, to give a groat for an owl," said Csar.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • If you had but a hole in your hose no bigger than a groat, in went his beak like a gimlet; and, for stealing, Gerard all over.

  • Nor in all the wide London lay there one he could claim as his, but the groat in his pocket.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • The pillars of the groat central cluster had capitals exactly like those of the northern colonnade.

  • "I wouldn't give a groat for a woman who wasn't," he responded.

    Nancy Stair Elinor Macartney Lane
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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