groat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n groat a former English silver coin worth four pennies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Groat An old English silver coin, equal to four pence.
    • Groat Any small sum of money.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n groat An English silver coin, of the value of fourpence, first issued for circulation in the reign of Edward III. Groats were issued by subsequent sovereigns till 1662, when their coinage (except as Maundy money) was discontinued. The groat, under the name of fourpence, was again issued for circulation in 1836, but it has not been coined (except as Maundy money) since 1856.
    • n groat One of various small continental coins.
    • n groat Proverbially, a very small sum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Groat grawt or grōt an English silver coin, worth fourpence—only coined after 1662 as Maundy money—the silver fourpenny-piece, coined from 1836-56, was not called a groat: a very small sum, proverbially.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LG. grōte, orig., great, that is, a great piece of coin, larger than other coins in former use. See Great
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Low Ger. grote, a coin of Bremen—orig. grote sware, 'great pennies,' as compared with the smaller copper coins, five to the groat.

Usage

In literature:

But this being so, and you but half-hearted, I tell you, it is too dangerous a game to play for groats.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
A stick in his hand, a stone in his throat: If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a groat.
"Pinafore Palace" by Various
Unaccustomed as we are to lay wagers, we would stake a hundred pounds to a groat on the true Mr.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
But maistly thee, the bluid o' Scots, Frae Maidenkirk to John o' Groats!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The men were in almost as bad condition as Christian Groat.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
In a statute of 33 Henry VIII., shove-groat is called a new game, and was probably originally played with the silver groat.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
A stick in his hand, a stone in his throat, If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a groat.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
There are five of them, nay, six, with equal right to precedence in the John o' Groat's house, where she has settled down.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
First we peeped in the window between the glasses of groats.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
Of the wealth which he would one day possess he had not earned a groat.
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
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In poetry:

"Here's twenty groats out of my purse;
And twenty I have of thine:
And I have one more, which we will spend
Together at the wine."
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley
Noo, Maggie, I cou'd wad a groat
That ye hae faund the vera knife
Wi' whilk a puir misguided lass
Had ta'en her new-born bairnie's life.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
"Here's twenty groats of white mon-ey,
Sith thou wilt have it of me."--
"I would have sworn now," quoth the tanner,
"Thou hadst not had one penni-e.
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley
"Then give me leave, nobles and gentles, each one,
One song more to sing, and then I have done;
And if that it may not win good report,
Then do not give me a groat for my sport.
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
"Then give me leave, nobles and gentles, each one,
One song more to sing and then I have done;
And if that itt may not winn good report,
Then doe not give me a Groat for my sport:
"The Beggar's Daughter of Bednall-Green" by Anonymous British
If prudence springs in single life,
It flourishes in man and wife.
He built a house for forty pound
Upon 'Squire Mundy's cottage ground;
Behav'd as peaceful tenants ought,
And paid the 'Squire a yearly groat.
"Happiness" by William Hutton

In news:

Cooking with Jardin- Buckwheat Groats Asian Scramble.
Groats are anancient grain also known as Kashi.
Ester R Groat, 95, of Evans, died Saturday, Jan 29, 2000, in North Augusta.
Graveside services will be at a later date in Crawford Cemetery, Salamonca, N.Y. Groat, a native of Warren, Pa. Was a homemaker and a member of St Joseph Catholic Church.
Groat , Jensen to tie knot.
James Groat and Kayla Jensen.
Hall to marry Groat .
Rachel Dawn Hall and John DeMont Groat .
Danielle Green and Joel Groat .
Ester R Groat , 95, of Evans, died Saturday, Jan 29, 2000, in North Augusta.
Groat , 86, Ex-Queens State Judge.
William Budge Groat , a former State Supreme Court justice in Queens, died of a stroke Friday at the Booth Memorial Medical Center in Queens.
Cooking with Jardin-Buckwheat Groats Asian Scramble.
Groats are anancient grain also known as Kashi.
A groat is any grain that has been husked.
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