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 (kăch′pĕn′ē, kĕch′-)
Designed and made to sell without concern for quality; cheap.
A cheap item.


(Commerce) (prenominal) designed to have instant appeal, esp in order to sell quickly and easily without regard for quality: catchpenny ornaments.
n, pl -nies
(Commerce) an item or commodity that is cheap and showy


(ˈkætʃˌpɛn i)
made to sell readily at a low price; cheap; trashy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.catchpenny - designed to sell quickly without concern for quality; "catchpenny ornaments"
cheap, inexpensive - relatively low in price or charging low prices; "it would have been cheap at twice the price"; "inexpensive family restaurants"


[ˈkætʃˌpenɪ] ADJllamativo (y barato), hecho para venderse al instante
catchpenny solutionsolución f atractiva (pero poco recomendable)
References in classic literature ?
You have manufacturers contriving tens of thousands of catchpenny devices, storekeepers displaying them, and newspapers and magazines filled up with advertisements of them
Its subject was the so-called Black Museum at Scotland Yard; and from the catchpenny text we first learned that the gruesome show was now enriched by a special and elaborate exhibit known as the Raffles Relics.
Jan was active in her church along with a great many benevolent organizations including Meals on Wheels, Golden Branch, Catchpenny, a food pantry, and various Prince of Peace (Palatine) ministries.
The CBSO had been shaken up from being a decent, serviceable provincial band, one well able to do the rounds of weekly concerts at home and fill the coffers in addition with catchpenny commercial blockbusters every fortnight in the Royal Albert Hall, by the arrival as principal conductor in 1970 of the dashing young Frenchman Louis Fremaux.
These must be handled with unsparing realism, (not catchpenny romanticism) but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown--the shadow-haunted Outside--we must remember to leave our humanity--and terrestrialism at the threshold.
Catchpenny Twist, the play after Spokesong, like a number of later plays, was produced in both theater and television: it was put on at the Peacock, the more experimental space of the Abbey Theatre, and then produced by BBC television.
At the very least, it might deter publishers from granting generous advances to yet more catchpenny titles.
Nonetheless, the beginnings of this branch of literature were humble indeed: ephemeral, street-hawked single-sheet ballads, penny and halfpenny broadsides, catchpenny prints, pamphlets, chapbooks and moralities, inspired by contemporarily famous and fascinating pieces of mischief, and embroidered with dire, cautionary, tongue-in-hypocritical-cheek admonishments - religious, philosophic, 'improving'.
Catchpenny ballads speculating on the likely result were sold on the streets.
Dom Grace and Boff Whalley's tale centres around sassy Luddite rebel Elsie Proud as she wages war against the ruthless rags-to-riches boss Ernest Hardgristle and career climbing politician Robert Catchpenny.
At a time when crass, catchpenny titles pour from the presses, it is that unusual thing: A new book that matters.
It certainly soars above the catchpenny variety produced by players who, on the strength of a few Tests, feel it necessary to churn out the first of what will be probably be a number of autobiographies.