Origin of tuppence
1505–15; earlier tuppens, reduction of twopence
- (used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of two pennies.
- a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
- a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
- a former silver coin of England, equal to two pennies: issued only as maundy money after 1662.
- a trifle.
Origin of twopence
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Examples from the Web for tuppence
Swing on the tail-board by the strap and yell, ‘tuppence all the way.’Within the Tides
Please, sir,” said Tottie to the penny banker, “I wants to pay in tuppence.Post Haste
Sure I knew a lad in Ireland wance that fiddled for tuppence a night.The Chronicles of Rhoda</p>
Florence Tinsley Cox
I spent fourpence of that in bread and cheese, that on the table's the tuppence.The Story of the Treasure Seekers
We shall have about tuppence a year, but Letty doesn't mind that.First Plays
A. A. Milne
- British a variant spelling of twopence
- the sum of two pennies
- (used with a negative) something of little value (in the phrase not care or give twopence)
- a former British silver coin, now only coined as Maundy money
Word Origin and History for tuppence
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