as much as may be bought for a penny.
a small quantity.
a bargain.

Origin of pennyworth

before 1000; Middle English penyworth, Old English penigweorth. See penny, worth1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the amount that can be bought for a penny
a small amounthe hasn't got a pennyworth of sense
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Word Origin and History for pennyworth

Old English peningwurð; see penny + worth (adj.). Figurative of "small amount" from mid-14c.

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