EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural six·pence, six·penc·es for 2. ( used with a singular or plural verb) . British a sum of six pennies. ( used with a singular verb) a cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, the half of a shilling, formerly equal to six pennies: equal to two and one-half new pence after decimalization in 1971. Origin of sixpence
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I am to have ten shillings and
sixpence—half a guinea a week!
I ought to add, that the
sixpence got clear, the dog swimming away with it.
Adams gave a caper, and cry'd out, "It would do; for that he had
The doctor's fee is four and
sixpence, and you need not consult him often.
You show me the exact spot, and I'll give you
sixpence for smoke. British Dictionary definitions for sixpence noun a small British cupronickel coin with a face value of six pennies, worth 2 (new) pence, not minted since 1970 1/ 2
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Word Origin and History for sixpence n.
late 14c., "sum of six pennies," from
six + pence. As a specific British coin, from 1590s. Sixpenny (adj.) had a figurative sense "paltry, cheap, petty, worthless" by 1560s; sixpenny nails (early 15c.) cost so much per hundred.
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