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[siks-pen-ee, -puh-nee] /ˈsɪksˌpɛn i, -pə ni/
of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence.
of trifling value; cheap; paltry.
noting a nail 2 inches (5 cm) long. Symbol: 6d.
Origin of sixpenny
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see six, -penny Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sixpenny
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  • "Sevenpenny for men-servants, sixpenny for women," she explained.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • They are discovered in the woods, in a cave, playing whist for sixpenny points.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Today, as he entered, he trod on the pile of sixpenny reprints.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • It is but a sixpenny game if you like; but they want to win it.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • What greater stronghold of virtue than your sixpenny gallery?

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • I would turn it out into a saucer, and you might take it for a sixpenny pot.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • I gave him a sixpenny dinner in a cellar, where I myself was dining at the time.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • A sixpenny sponge or Madeira cake is the foundation of this summer sweet.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • The sixpenny crowd was there, the men touching their caps as I passed.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • They both gave me a sixpenny piece for my ballad; and then they went out.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for sixpenny


(prenominal) (of a nail) two inches in length
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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