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[thrip-uh-nee, threp-, thruhp-; three-pen-ee]
  1. of the amount or value of threepence.
  2. of little worth.
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Origin of threepenny

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at three, penny
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for threepenny

Historical Examples

  • But catch him asking the loan of a threepenny bit of any man!

    The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862


  • There were nine half-pennies, three pennies, a threepenny bit and a sixpence.

  • Then I asked for a threepenny loaf, and was told they had none such.

  • There's many as gives us a threepenny for more than I've done for 'im.

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

  • I play but threepenny ombre; but it is what you call running ombre.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift