- a bronze coin of the United Kingdom, equal to half a penny: use phased out in 1984.
- the sum of half a penny.
- 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.
Origin of halfpenny
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Historical Examples of halfpenny
Mr Adams was found to have no more than one halfpenny about him.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Now, she no longer gave a halfpenny; she worked off the amount solely by the washing.L'Assommoir
Of course, a halfpenny a night sounds nothing, but think of a shilling a month!The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Ninepence was the sum he had to take home every night, and there was not a halfpenny to spare.
Your Holiness must not accept for truth all that is printed in the halfpenny papers.
- Also called: half plural -pennies a small British coin worth half a new penny, withdrawn from circulation in 1985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