tuppence

[ tuhp-uh ns ]
/ ˈtʌp əns /
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noun British.

Origin of tuppence

1505–15; earlier tuppens, reduction of twopence

Definition for tuppence (2 of 2)

twopence

or tup·pence

[ tuhp-uh ns ]
/ ˈtʌp əns /

noun, plural two·pence, two·pen·ces for 2–4.

(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of two pennies.
a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
a former silver coin of England, equal to two pennies: issued only as maundy money after 1662.
a trifle.

Origin of twopence

1400–50; late Middle English two pens; see two, pence
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British Dictionary definitions for tuppence (1 of 2)

tuppence

/ (ˈtʌpəns) /

noun

British a variant spelling of twopence

British Dictionary definitions for tuppence (2 of 2)

twopence

tuppence

/ (ˈtʌpəns) /

noun British

the sum of two pennies
(used with a negative) something of little value (in the phrase not care or give twopence)
a former British silver coin, now only coined as Maundy money
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Word Origin and History for tuppence

tuppence


n.

mid-15c., to-pens, representing the common pronunciation of twopence (see two + pence).

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