- (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
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Examples from the Web for twopence
You haven't got such a thing as twopence, Mr. Nickleby, have you?'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
I do not mind about the man's abuse; but I confess I grudge my twopence.
I start for the Newmarket road at eleven to-morrow—but I'll fetch you for twopence.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
The poor boy pays me twopence a day to read as long as he pleases.The Book-Hunter in London
I won it myself, and paid out three and twopence for drinks.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
Jerome K. Jerome
- 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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