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[fawr-pen-ee, -puh-nee, fohr-]
  1. Carpentry.
    1. noting a nail 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.
    2. noting certain fine nails 1.375 inches (3.5 cm) long. Symbol: 4d
  2. British. of the amount or value of fourpence.
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Origin of fourpenny

1375–1425; late Middle English. See four, penny
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Examples from the Web for fourpenny

Historical Examples

  • How does that agree with a fourpenny tax on a four-pound loaf of bread?

    Through South Africa

    Henry M. Stanley

  • Not quite a sixpence, but the next thing to it—a fourpenny piece.

    A Little Princess

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • After supper, he consoled himself with a pint of fourpenny ale.

  • I've been hunting you the way O'Mulligan's pup hunted the fourpenny bit through the bonfire.

  • The writing materials consisted of a vaseline bottle (fourpenny size) full of ink, and two weary pieces of blotting-paper.

    From One Generation to Another

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for fourpenny


adjective fourpenny one
  1. British slang a blow, esp with the fist
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