• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. penig, oldest form pending, where pend=Eng. pawn, Ger. pfand, Dut. pand, a pledge, all which are from L. pannus, a rag, a piece of cloth.


In literature:

He is a music master, or a penny-a-liner, or a third-rate artist.
"Daisy Miller" by Henry James
In one word, Jools de Chacabac was a penny-a-liner.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And I won't be called a 'dama' for any penny-a-liner living.
"Thelma" by Marie Corelli
That grinning penny-a-liner, Peters, too, helped as assistant torturer.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
Could any Sultan, or even the "Oriental Despot" of a radical penny-a-liner, be implored in more abject terms?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
Scotland Yard refused to prejudice the case despite the penny-a-liners.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
And such a clever girl as you, too, to be taken in by the romancing of penny-a-liners!
"The Farringdons" by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
He could teach the penny-a-liners a trick of the trade worth knowing.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
Penny-a-liners of lively imagination, find their reports less subjected to curtailment.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 452" by Various
The Penny-a-Liner is Abroad, and strikes Our Modern Literature with blithering Blight.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
And a moment ago I was a little penny-a-liner in London.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
I didn't expect the pleasure of seeing you, Roddy, my fine penny-a-liner.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Now-a-days they become penny-a-liners, or they go in for table-tipping.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Not a day passes but some scurrilous penny-a-liner springs some yarn, some beastly innuendo.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
Scotland Yard refused to prejudge the case despite the penny-a-liners.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
None of that penny-a-liner moonshine for my daughter.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
You don't want me to be a penny-a-liner all my life, sweetheart, do you?
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
The same endless night awaits a Plato and a penny-a-liner.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
There is a practice of certain penny-a-liners which cannot be too severely reprehended.
"Ginger-Snaps" by Fanny Fern
They brought me the penny-a-liner.
"Smoke" by Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich