- as much as may be bought for a penny.
- a small quantity.
- a bargain.
Origin of pennyworth
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Examples from the Web for pennyworth
Take as much vinegar as will cover them, boil it with a little salt, and a pennyworth of saffron tied in a piece of muslin.
For a bad cold take a large tea-cupful of linseed, two pennyworth of stick liquorice, and a quarter of a pound of sun raisins.
To be asked if she could spare a pennyworth of parsley filled her with pleasure for days.The Carroll Girls
Such a fuss over a pennyworth of this or that, it's not worth while.Nelson's Home Comforts
A potato and a pennyworth of crackers for every year of my life.The Peace Egg and Other tales
Juliana Horatia Ewing
- the amount that can be bought for a penny
- a small amounthe hasn't got a pennyworth of sense
Word Origin and History for pennyworth
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