- (used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of six pennies.
- (used with a singular verb) a cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, the half of a shilling, formerly equal to six pennies: equal to two and one-half new pence after decimalization in 1971.
Origin of sixpence
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Examples from the Web for sixpence
They just turn on a sixpence and go and look for something else.Hanging Out with Ian McEwan: Full Transcript
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I am to have ten shillings and sixpence—half a guinea a week!Life in London
I ought to add, that the sixpence got clear, the dog swimming away with it.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Adams gave a caper, and cry'd out, "It would do; for that he had sixpence himself."Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
The doctor's fee is four and sixpence, and you need not consult him often.
You show me the exact spot, and I'll give you sixpence for smoke.
- a small British cupronickel coin with a face value of six pennies, worth 2 1/2 (new) pence, not minted since 1970
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Word Origin and History for sixpence
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