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


of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence.
of trifling value; cheap; paltry.
noting a nail 2 inches (5 cm) long. Symbol: 6d

Origin of sixpenny

1400–50; late Middle English; see six, -penny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sixpenny

Historical Examples of sixpenny

  • "Sevenpenny for men-servants, sixpenny for women," she explained.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • They are discovered in the woods, in a cave, playing whist for sixpenny points.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Today, as he entered, he trod on the pile of sixpenny reprints.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • It is but a sixpenny game if you like; but they want to win it.

    Roundabout Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • What greater stronghold of virtue than your sixpenny gallery?

    Tea-Table Talk

    Jerome K. Jerome

British Dictionary definitions for sixpenny



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