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[fawr-puh ns, fohr-]
noun British.
  1. a sum of money of the value of four English pennies.
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Origin of fourpence

First recorded in 1715–25; four + pence
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Examples from the Web for fourpence

Historical Examples

  • Another returned it insufficiently stamped, and there was fourpence to pay.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • “And then I gave you fourpence, you know,” she added, addressing her companion.

  • My account with Mr. Ukridge is ten pounds eight shillings and fourpence.

  • He coined sixpences for Ireland worth only fourpence in England.

  • "Seven and fourpence 'ap'ny—most of it beer," said the child.

British Dictionary definitions for fourpence


  1. a former English silver coin then worth four pennies
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