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[siks-pen-ee, -puh-nee] /ˈsɪksˌpɛn i, -pə ni/
of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence.
of trifling value; cheap; paltry.
noting a nail 2 inches (5 cm) long. Symbol: 6d.
Origin of sixpenny
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see six, -penny Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Half a crown you shall have, all for yourself, and the sixpenny boat that you longed for in the shops.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • "Sevenpenny for men-servants, sixpenny for women," she explained.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • There will always be some people toWell, you remember Dumas' comparison of the sixpenny and the six-shilling peaches.

    The Inner Shrine Basil King
  • It is but a sixpenny game if you like; but they want to win it.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Mr. James Payn recently received £1,000 for the rights of running one of his novels in the pages of a sixpenny magazine.

    Literary Byways William Andrews
  • I gave him a sixpenny dinner in a cellar, where I myself was dining at the time.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
  • Fancy the Londoners having to go and pay a fourpenny and a sixpenny bit each, per diem, for the pleasure of living in the town.

  • A sixpenny sponge or Madeira cake is the foundation of this summer sweet.

    Paper-bag Cookery Vera Serkoff
  • In the form of a sixpenny brochure it circulated rapidly, four editions being exhausted the first year.

  • They both gave me a sixpenny piece for my ballad; and then they went out.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for sixpenny


(prenominal) (of a nail) two inches in length
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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