- a South African threepenny piece, which was replaced by the five-cent coin in 1961
of uncertain origin
Examples from the Web for tickey
The customary unit of expenditure is the threepenny-bit or “tickey.”
There are very schelm Boers in these mountains, and whoever tried to stir up that affair his life would not be worth a tickey.Aletta
This from the grinning woolly head of Tickey, inserted through the open doorway.The Triumph of Hilary Blachland
A threepenny piece is there called "a tickey," and till the troops arrived that was the lowest coin in use.
That the value given for the humble "tickey" was good the success of the scheme proved beyond contention.The Siege of Kimberley