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  1. a South African threepenny piece, which was replaced by the five-cent coin in 1961
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Word Origin

of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for tickey

Historical Examples

  • The customary unit of expenditure is the threepenny-bit or “tickey.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4


  • There are very schelm Boers in these mountains, and whoever tried to stir up that affair his life would not be worth a tickey.


    Bertram Mitford

  • This from the grinning woolly head of Tickey, inserted through the open doorway.

  • 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.