[nahyn-pens, -puh ns]


(used with a plural verb) British. nine pennies.
a former shilling of Great Britain, issued under Elizabeth I for use in Ireland, debased so that it was used in England as a ninepenny piece.

Origin of ninepence

First recorded in 1540–50; nine + pence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ninepence

Historical Examples of ninepence

  • What do we want of two horses down here, at two and ninepence a day?

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Ninepence was the sum he had to take home every night, and there was not a halfpenny to spare.

  • Was in the army long enough to get a pension of ninepence a day.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • "Fifteen and ninepence," muttered he, as he counted over the pieces in his hand.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • Was it worth while that she should be made miserable for ninepence a week,—less than £2 a-year?

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope