• WordNet 3.6
    • n halfpenny an English coin worth half a penny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n halfpenny An English coin of the value of half a penny, no longer minted; also, the value of half a penny.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n halfpenny A coin of the value of half a penny, current in the British islands; the value of such coin. The halfpenny was first issued in the reign of Edward I., and was of silver. In the reign of Charles II. copper was used. Since 1860 it has been of bronze.
    • n halfpenny A small fragment.
    • halfpenny Of the price or value of half a penny; hence, cheap; mean; worthless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Halfpenny (hā′pen-i) a copper coin worth half a penny: the value of half a penny
    • ns Halfpenny (Shak.) anything very small:—pl. Halfpence (hā′pens)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healf (Ger. halb, Dan. halv); original meaning 'side.'


In literature:

No, they all had halfpenny stamps, and were clearly only Christmas cards.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
He was older than Flossy, and he knew that a crooked halfpenny did not represent a large capital.
"Dickory Dock" by L. T. Meade
The fact of your having twenty sovereigns in your purse won't make your butcher charge you an extra halfpenny a pound for a leg of mutton!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 1, 1890" by Various
Ingredients, two pounds of flour, a halfpenny worth of yeast, a pinch of salt, one pint of milk or water.
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
As it was, he flirted hugely, and cared not for her one copper halfpenny.
"An Old Meerschaum" by David Christie Murray
There he realised half-a-crown, one halfpenny of which was confiscated in payment for the pawn-ticket.
"Cruel Barbara Allen" by David Christie Murray
He had not gone twenty yards when he found a halfpenny lying on the grass.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
This halfpenny he carries to the nearest shop, lays it on the counter, and receives his biscuit in return.
"Chatterbox Stories of Natural History" by Anonymous
Fourpence was a good price to give for a pair of shoes, and a halfpenny a day for food was a liberal allowance.
"Our Little Lady" by Emily Sarah Holt
Life is too short to worry oneself over halfpennies.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

His father, wealthy and well clad,
And owning house and park,
Lost every halfpenny he had,
And then became (extremely sad!)
A poor attorney's clerk.
"A Worm Will Turn" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Look there, little girl," said her mother, "and see
What stands at that very coach door;
A poor ragged beggar, and listen how she
A halfpenny tries to implore.
"A True Story" by Ann Taylor
"Alas! my kind young gentleman,
This sharing cannot be;
'Tis written in the testament
That Brentford spoke to me,
'I do forbid Prince Ned to give
Prince Tom a halfpenny.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Halfpenny will discuss cougars and sort fact from fiction regarding them.
REFILE-Rugby- Wales ' Halfpenny discharged from hospital.