farthing

[ fahr-th ing ]
/ ˈfɑr ðɪŋ /

noun

a former bronze coin of Great Britain, equal to one-fourth of a British penny: withdrawn in 1961.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.

Nearby words

  1. farsistan,
  2. fart,
  3. farther,
  4. farthermost,
  5. farthest,
  6. farthingale,
  7. farthingale chair,
  8. fartlek,
  9. faruk i,
  10. fas

Origin of farthing

before 950; Middle English ferthing, Old English fēorthing. See fourth, -ing3

Related formshalf-far·thing, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for farthing

farthing

/ (ˈfɑːðɪŋ) /

noun

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 fēorthing from fēortha fourth + -ing 1

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Word Origin and History for farthing

farthing

n.
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