- a former bronze coin of Great Britain, equal to one-fourth of a British penny: withdrawn in 1961.
- something of very small value: I don't care a farthing for your opinion.
Origin of farthing
Related Words for farthingterm, portion, part, fourth, division, span, section, semester, quad, quadrant, farthing, quartern, cent, penny
Examples from the Web for farthing
Historical Examples of farthing
“I am glad of that, for I have every wish to please you,” said the Farthing Doll.Adventures in Toyland
Edith King Hall
Farthing: three men hanging on a gallows; "The three Thomases, 1796."The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III.
Farthing, penny, and sixpence, of the reign of George the Fourth.
His impression is that I was really steering and trying to drop into the Farthing Down beeches.Tono Bungay
H. G. Wells
The jury, without retiring from the box, returned a verdict of “Damages One Farthing!”
- a former British bronze coin, worth a quarter of an old penny, that ceased to be legal tender in 1961
- something of negligible value; jot
Word Origin for farthing
Old English feorðung "quarter of a penny," a diminutive derivative of feorða "fourth" (from feower "four") + -ing "fractional part." Cognate with Old Frisian fiardeng, Middle Low German verdink, Old Norse fjordhungr.
Used in biblical translation of Latin quadrans "quarter of a denarius;" the English coin (of silver until 17c., later of copper or bronze), first was minted under Edward I and abolished 1961.
I shall geat a fart of a dead man as soone As a farthyng of him. [Heywood, "Proverbs," 1562]