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[tuhp-uh-nee, too-pen-ee]
  1. of the amount or value of twopence.
  2. costing twopence.
  3. of very little value; trifling; worthless.
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Also tuppenny.

Origin of twopenny

First recorded in 1525–35; two + penny
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Examples from the Web for twopenny

Historical Examples

  • Do you really care a twopenny damn if Blanche Stroeve is alive or dead?

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Your only quarrel with me really is that I don't care a twopenny damn what you think about me.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • I suppose they had wanted a twopenny cake, or something like that.

  • They called to Captain Twopenny, who was approaching his cottage.

  • Nor have we lodging-houses with beds on the “twopenny rope” principle.

British Dictionary definitions for twopenny



adjective mainly British
  1. Also: twopenny-halfpenny. cheap or tawdry
  2. (intensifier)a twopenny damn
  3. worth two pence
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