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or tup·pence

[tuhp-uh ns]
noun, plural two·pence, two·pen·ces for 2–4.
  1. (used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of two pennies.
  2. a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
  3. a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
  4. a former silver coin of England, equal to two pennies: issued only as maundy money after 1662.
  5. a trifle.
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Origin of twopence

1400–50; late Middle English two pens; see two, pence
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Examples from the Web for two-pence

Historical Examples

  • "I have not two-pence of my own in the world," said the boy.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • The whole of the money, not expended for us at market, was two-pence a week for each man.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Was this the little lad who could get sweeties for two-pence but not for two-pence-halfpenny?

  • Lansprisado, he that comes into company with only two-pence in his pocket.

  • I have sold him,' cried Moses, 'for three pounds five shillings and two-pence.'

    The Vicar of Wakefield

    Oliver Goldsmith

British Dictionary definitions for two-pence



noun British
  1. the sum of two pennies
  2. (used with a negative) something of little value (in the phrase not care or give twopence)
  3. a former British silver coin, now only coined as Maundy money
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