[ baw-bee, baw-bee ]
/ bɔˈbi, ˈbɔ bi /


an old Scottish bullion coin, originally worth about three halfpence of English coin, later sixpence.
a halfpenny.
anything of little value.

Origin of bawbee

First recorded in 1535–45; named after Alexander Orok, 16th-century mintmaster, laird of Sillebawby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bawbee

/ (bɔːˈbiː) /


a former Scottish silver coin
Scot an informal word for halfpenny (def. 2)

Word Origin for bawbee

C16: named after Alexander Orok of Sillebawby, master of the mint
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