[ nahyn-pen-ee; for 2 also nahyn-puh-nee ]

  1. noting a nail 2.75 inches (7 centimeters) long. Symbol: 9d

  2. of the value of ninepence.

Origin of ninepenny

First recorded in 1820–30; nine + penny

Words Nearby ninepenny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ninepenny in a sentence

  • You can't expect to get much for the contents of a ninepenny puzzle, not even the price of a cab fare, Pugh.

  • She, like the ninepenny kettle of the song, "is Irish tu," and belongs to the well-known sept of the O'Killinghams.

  • I see a real good ninepenny paper once, all covered over with green brakes.

    Meadow Grass | Alice Brown
  • I heard the clink of approaching glasses—the ninepenny creams.

    The Story of a Bad Boy | Thomas Bailey Aldrich