halfpenny

halfpenny

[hey-puh-nee, heyp-nee]
noun, plural halfpennies for 1; halfpence [hey-puhns] , for 2.
1.
a bronze coin of the United Kingdom, equal to half a penny: use phased out in 1984.
2.
the sum of half a penny.
adjective
3.
of the price or value of a halfpenny.
4.
of little value; worthless: a halfpenny matter.
5.
British Informal. (of newspapers) sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English halfpeny, halpeny. See half, penny

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halfpenny or ha'penny (ˈheɪpnɪ, (for sense 1) ˈhɑːfˌpɛnɪ, ˈheɪpnɪ, (for sense 1) ˈhɑːfˌpɛnɪ)
 
n , -pennies, -pennies, -pence, -pence
1.  Also called: half a small British coin worth half a new penny, withdrawn from circulation in 1985
2.  an old British coin worth half an old penny
3.  the sum represented by half a penny
4.  something of negligible value
5.  (modifier) having the value or price of a halfpenny
6.  (modifier) of negligible value
 
ha'penny or ha'penny
 
n

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