[ nahyn-pen-ee; for 2 also nahyn-puh-nee ]
/ ˈnaɪnˌpɛn i; for 2 also ˈnaɪn pə ni /


noting a nail 2.75 inches (7 cm) long. Symbol: 9d
of the value of ninepence.

Origin of ninepenny

First recorded in 1820–30; nine + penny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ninepenny

  • I heard the clink of approaching glasses—the ninepenny creams.

    The Story of a Bad Boy|Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • 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.