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[thrip-uh-nee, threp-, thruhp-; three-pen-ee] /ˈθrɪp ə ni, ˈθrɛp-, ˈθrʌp-; ˈθriˌpɛn i/
of the amount or value of threepence.
of little worth.
Origin of threepenny
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at three, penny Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But catch him asking the loan of a threepenny bit of any man!

  • There were nine half-pennies, three pennies, a threepenny bit and a sixpence.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • Then I asked for a threepenny loaf, and was told they had none such.

  • There's many as gives us a threepenny for more than I've done for 'im.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • I play but threepenny ombre; but it is what you call running ombre.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • I cannot have you joining any threepenny concern that may be going about, or, indeed, any concern at all.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • Do you know how much that comes to, five hundred threepenny bits?

    Demos George Gissing
  • Egad, I was born under a threepenny planet, never to be worth a groat.


    Leslie Stephen
  • "Twopence," said Ally, laying the sum on Cilly's threepenny bit.

    A Safety Match

    Ian Hay
  • You asked for a penny, and they gave you what only looked like a threepenny bit.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare

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