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[pen-ee-wurth] /ˈpɛn iˌwɜrθ/
as much as may be bought for a penny.
a small quantity.
a bargain.
Origin of pennyworth
before 1000; Middle English penyworth, Old English penigweorth. See penny, worth1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If that feeble lot could win their pennyworth of freedom, who might not expect deliverance?

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • Tell me, Livy, has the fortune-teller given thee a pennyworth?'

    The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
  • He ordered six pennyworth of brandy, and drank it at a gulp.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • A potato and a pennyworth of crackers for every year of my life.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Yet not a soul will accept my note or give me one pennyworth of credit.

    Scarlett of the Mounted Marguerite Merington
  • I want a pennyworth of figs; come, look sharp and wrap them up; I want to be off!

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • "I like gardenin'," said Kipps, with memories of a pennyworth of nasturtiums he had once trained over his uncle's dustbin.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • As these things are collected as were the boots, the vender is happy at every pennyworth he sells.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • Even two pennyworth of hemp for your honour's supper, that's all the remedy that I know.

    Thomas Otway Thomas Otway
British Dictionary definitions for pennyworth


the amount that can be bought for a penny
a small amount: he hasn't got a pennyworth of sense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pennyworth

Old English peningwurð; see penny + worth (adj.). Figurative of "small amount" from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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