noun, plural pen·nies, (especially collectively for 2, 3) pence.
Origin of penny
Examples from the Web for penny
Contemporary Examples of penny
They deserve every penny and more: booking a four week tour is a huge job.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
“Every single witness is inadmissible, hearsay, triple-hearsay,” said assistant state attorney Penny Brill in court yesterday.Did Pablo Escobar Frame a Millionaire for Murdering Banana-Shipping Money Launderers?
November 11, 2014
While there I am, getting mad at my wife for sending me cards all the time because I know she needs every penny right now.Deep Thoughts from War Machine's Sexist, Racist Prison Blog
August 21, 2014
Then the director, Penny Marshall, encouraged him to drop some of the literal behavior and put more of himself into the character.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
Maupin assured the publication he had not “spent a penny” in a strip club.Strippers for Jesus
July 30, 2014
Historical Examples of penny
Obulus, (plural Oboli)—A small coin, about the value of a penny.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
If she was gone he would spend every penny he had to find her!Weighed and Wanting
Sir, you once gave me a penny, and you have since embezzled my fortune.
He spared no expense, which he could well afford, seeing that he never paid a penny.
To her, the blaze of the Set's smartness was but the flicker of a penny dip.
noun plural pennies or pence (pɛns)
Word Origin for penny
Old English pening, penig, Northumbrian penning "penny," from Proto-Germanic *panninggaz (cf. Old Norse penningr, Swedish pänning, Danish penge, Old Frisian panning, Old Saxon pending, Middle Dutch pennic, Dutch penning, Old High German pfenning, German Pfennig, not recorded in Gothic, where skatts is used instead), of unknown origin.
Offa's reformed coinage on light, broad flans is likely to have begun c.760-5 in London, with an awareness of developments in Francia and East Anglia. ... The broad flan penny established by Offa remained the principal denomination, with only minor changes, until the fourteenth century. [Anna Gannon, "The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage," Oxford, 2003]
The English coin was originally set at one-twelfth of a shilling and was of silver, later copper, then bronze. There are two plural forms: pennies of individual coins, pence collectively. In translations it rendered various foreign coins of small denomination, especially Latin denarius, whence comes its abbreviation d.
As American English colloquial for cent, it is recorded from 1889. Penny-a-liner "writer for a journal or newspaper" is attested from 1834. Penny dreadful "cheap and gory fiction" dates from c.1870. Phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish is recorded from c.1600. Penny-pincher "miserly person" is recorded from 1906 (as an adjective penny-pinching is recorded from 1858, American English). Penny loafers attested from 1960.
In addition to the idioms beginning with penny
- penny for your thoughts, a
- penny pincher
- penny saved is a penny earned, a
- penny wise and pound foolish
- in for a penny, in for a pound
- pinch pennies
- pretty penny
- turn up (like a bad penny)