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[tuhp-uh ns] /ˈtʌp əns/
noun, British
Origin of tuppence
1505-15; earlier tuppens, reduction of twopence


or tuppence

[tuhp-uh ns] /ˈtʌp əns/
noun, plural twopence, twopences for 2–4.
(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of two pennies.
a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
a former silver coin of England, equal to two pennies: issued only as maundy money after 1662.
a trifle.
1400-50; late Middle English two pens; see two, pence Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tuppence
Historical Examples
  • tuppence took it from the salver, and tore it open carelessly.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Swing on the tail-board by the strap and yell, ‘tuppence all the way.’

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • tuppence listened attentively, but there was no mention of anything that could be twisted to apply to Tommy.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Please, sir,” said Tottie to the penny banker, “I wants to pay in tuppence.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • "I think I remember hearing about it," said tuppence slowly.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Sure I knew a lad in Ireland wance that fiddled for tuppence a night.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda Florence Tinsley Cox
  • tuppence did not even glance at him as she passed meekly out.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • I spent fourpence of that in bread and cheese, that on the table's the tuppence.

  • "We advertised to receive information, not to give it," said tuppence severely.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • One stood me fourpence, the other two gave me tuppence each.

    Sturdy and Strong G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for tuppence


(Brit) a variant spelling of twopence


noun (Brit)
the sum of two pennies
(used with a negative) something of little value (in the phrase not care or give twopence)
a former British silver coin, now only coined as Maundy money
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tuppence

mid-15c., to-pens, representing the common pronunciation of twopence (see two + pence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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