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[tuhp-uh-nee, too-pen-ee] /ˈtʌp ə ni, ˈtuˌpɛn i/
of the amount or value of twopence.
costing twopence.
of very little value; trifling; worthless.
Also, tuppenny.
Origin of twopenny
First recorded in 1525-35; two + penny Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You are not called upon to avow the 'twopenny,' and would only gratify them by so doing.

  • They called to Captain twopenny, who was approaching his cottage.

  • This morning the printer sent me an account of Prior's Journey; it makes a twopenny pamphlet.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Your only quarrel with me really is that I don't care a twopenny damn what you think about me.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • When that twopenny sawbones of a doctor was rude to you, I licked him within an inch of his life.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • I suppose they had wanted a twopenny cake, or something like that.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Amelia should take her "twopenny mulready envelope" to a shop where stamps are sold for collections.

  • If I offer him a cigar, he smokes it as if it were a twopenny German thing.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • twopenny little schoolmaster lecturing me, me who've got to earn every penny I get by fighting for it in the dirt, so to say.'

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • That boy—he was asleep at the twopenny doss, and the trousers were drying.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for twopenny


adjective (mainly Brit)
Also: twopenny-halfpenny. cheap or tawdry
(intensifier): a twopenny damn
worth two pence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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