halfpenny

[ hey-puh-nee, heyp-nee ]
/ ˈheɪ pə ni, ˈheɪp ni /

noun, plural half·pen·nies for 1; half·pence [hey-puhns] /ˈheɪ pəns/ for 2.

a bronze coin of the United Kingdom, equal to half a penny: use phased out in 1984.
the sum of half a penny.

adjective

of the price or value of a halfpenny.
of little value; worthless: a halfpenny matter.
British Informal. (of newspapers) sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so.

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Origin of halfpenny

First recorded in 1225–75, halfpenny is from the Middle English word halfpeny, halpeny. See half, penny
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British Dictionary definitions for halfpenny

halfpenny

ha'penny

/ (ˈheɪpnɪ, for sense 1 ˈhɑːfˌpɛnɪ) /

noun

Also called: half plural -pennies a small British coin worth half a new penny, withdrawn from circulation in 1985
plural -pennies an old British coin worth half an old penny
plural -pence the sum represented by half a penny
plural -pence something of negligible value
(modifier) having the value or price of a halfpenny
(modifier) of negligible value
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