Tanner

[tan-er]
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British Dictionary definitions for henry tanner

tanner

1
noun
  1. a person who tans skins and hides

tanner

2
noun
  1. British (formerly) an informal word for sixpence

Word Origin for tanner

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for henry tanner

tanner

n.

"sixpence," slang word first recorded 1811, of unknown origin. J.C. Hotten, lexicographer of Victorian slang, thinks it may be from tanner and skin, rhyming slang for "thin," presumably in reference to the smallness of the coin. Not to be confused with tenner, slang for "ten pound note," which dates from 1861.

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