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penny

[ pen-ee ]
/ ˈpɛn i /
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noun, plural pen·nies, (especially collectively for 3, 4) pence.
adjective
Stock Exchange. of, relating to, or being penny stock: frenzied speculation in the penny market.
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Idioms about penny

Origin of penny

First recorded before 900; Middle English peni, Old English penig, pænig, pen(n)ning, pending, cognate with Old Frisian penning, panning, Old Saxon, Dutch penning, Old High German pfenning, phantinc, phenting (German Pfennig ), Old Norse penningr (perhaps from Old English ); from unattested West Germanic or Germanic pandingaz, probably equivalent to unattested pand- + unattested -ingaz; see -ing3. The origin of spend a penny is from the former cost of using a public lavatory

OTHER WORDS FROM penny

pen·nied, adjectiveun·pen·nied, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH penny

penne, penny

Other definitions for penny (2 of 2)

Penny
[ pen-ee ]
/ ˈpɛn i /

noun
a female given name, form of Penelope.
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British Dictionary definitions for penny

penny
/ (ˈpɛnɪ) /

noun plural pennies or pence (pɛns)

Word Origin for penny

Old English penig, pening; related to Old Saxon penni (n) g, Old High German pfeni (n) c, German Pfennig
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