twopence

[tuhp-uhns]
noun, plural twopence, twopences for 2–4.
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of two pennies.
2.
a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
3.
a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
4.
a former silver coin of England, equal to two pennies: issued only as maundy money after 1662.
5.
a trifle.
Also, tuppence.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English two pens; see two, pence

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twopence or tuppence (ˈtʌpəns)
 
n
1.  the sum of two pennies
2.  (used with a negative) something of little value (in the phrase not careorgive twopence)
3.  a former British silver coin, now only coined as Maundy money
 
tuppence or tuppence
 
n

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He bought it for twopence, and took it home to devour it, and it overwhelmed him.
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