[ fawr-puhns, fohr- ]

  1. a sum of money of the value of four English pennies.

Origin of fourpence

First recorded in 1715–25; four + pence

Words Nearby fourpence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fourpence in a sentence

  • Fieldfares and Mistletoe Thrushes usually sell at fourpence each, the rest at fourpence a couple.

  • The price of tobacco accordingly dropped from fourpence a pound to a halfpenny per pound by 1667.

  • The vendor said he could get fourpence a pound for the whole, and that it made capital Bristol board.

  • I have no money but about fourpence-ha'penny a week for darning stockings, but I have skill with the needle somewhat.

    Maid Sally | Harriet A. Cheever
  • Levy, however, secured the first copy for fourpence in Farringdon Street, earning for his sharpness much praise.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for fourpence


/ (ˈfɔːpəns) /

  1. a former English silver coin then worth four pennies

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