[ siks-pen-ee, -puh-nee ]

  1. of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence.

  2. of trifling value; cheap; paltry.

  1. noting a nail 2 inches (5 centimeters) long. Symbol: 6d

Origin of sixpenny

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; see six, penny

Words Nearby sixpenny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sixpenny in a sentence

  • Dreary as it was without, all was comfortable within-doors, and a cheery (one-and-sixpenny) fire crackled in the grate.

  • And, even as the man who chatted to the author of the sixpenny Guide said, Terry was only a few years before his time.

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  • Mr. Richard Chatburn, of Sprutts, issued three and sixpenny cards.

  • Smolletts History of England was published in sixpenny numbers, and had an immediate sale of 20,000 copies.

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  • Styles was of the same opinion; but then he was only a member of the "Bull's-eye Bowmen," and Mr. Snuffmore's sixpenny whist club.

British Dictionary definitions for sixpenny


/ (ˈsɪkspənɪ) /

  1. (prenominal) (of a nail) two inches in length

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