pennyworth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pennyworth the amount that can be bought for a penny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pennyworth A penny's worth; as much as may be bought for a penny. "A dear pennyworth ."
    • Pennyworth A small quantity; a trifle.
    • Pennyworth Hence: The full value of one's penny expended; due return for money laid out; a good bargain; a bargain. "The priests sold the better pennyworths ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pennyworth As much as is bought for a penny; hence, a small quantity.
    • n pennyworth Value for the money given; hence, a bar-gain, whether in buying or selling.
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Usage

In literature:

We made up our costumes into bundles, and Alice thoughtfully bought a pennyworth of pins.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
And yet men will fling all away, but to buy one poor hour's sinful pleasure, one pennyworth of foolish delight.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
A greedy e'e ne'er got a gude pennyworth.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Thou canst not make a pair of shoes, sell a pennyworth of tape, on such.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
He makes a mock of the drawer who gives him his whole little pennyworth of sugar.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
So he called for three pennyworth of wine and a pennyworth of bread.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
No one cares to retail a pennyworth of milk.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
It would not make one pennyworth of difference, Mr. Poole-Smith.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Three pennyworth were served daily at the royal table.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
I bought a pennyworth of grapes from one of the poor stall-keepers, and, in return for my coin, had my two extended palms literally heaped.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
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In poetry:

And in the heart of London,
A mile from Temple Bar,
You plant in earth your pennyworth,
And then - well, there you are!
"A Shattered Illusion" by P G Wodehouse