[tuhp-uh ns]

noun British.

Origin of tuppence

1505–15; earlier tuppens, reduction of twopence


or tup·pence

[tuhp-uh ns]

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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Examples from the Web for tuppence

Historical Examples of tuppence

  • Swing on the tail-board by the strap and yell, ‘tuppence all the way.’

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • Please, sir,” said Tottie to the penny banker, “I wants to pay in tuppence.

    Post Haste

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Sure I knew a lad in Ireland wance that fiddled for tuppence a night.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda

    Florence Tinsley Cox

  • I spent fourpence of that in bread and cheese, that on the table's the tuppence.

  • We shall have about tuppence a year, but Letty doesn't mind that.

    First Plays

    A. A. Milne

British Dictionary definitions for tuppence



British a variant spelling of twopence



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

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

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