- (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 two-pence
"I have not two-pence of my own in the world," said the boy.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The whole of the money, not expended for us at market, was two-pence a week for each man.Self-Help
Was this the little lad who could get sweeties for two-pence but not for two-pence-halfpenny?The Way of All Flesh
Lansprisado, he that comes into company with only two-pence in his pocket.
I have sold him,' cried Moses, 'for three pounds five shillings and two-pence.'The Vicar of Wakefield
- 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
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