[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
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Examples from the Web for ninepence
What do we want of two horses down here, at two and ninepence a day?Meadow Grass
Ninepence was the sum he had to take home every night, and there was not a halfpenny to spare.The Eternal City
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?