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pen·ny 1

 (pĕn′ē)
n. pl. pen·nies
1. In the United States and Canada, the coin that is worth one cent.
2. pl. pence (pĕns)
a. Abbr. p. A coin used in Great Britain since 1971, worth 1/100 of a pound. Also called new penny.
b. Abbr. d. A coin formerly used in Great Britain, worth 1/12 of a shilling or 1/240 of a pound.
c. A coin formerly used in the Republic of Ireland, worth 1/100 of a pound.
d. A coin used in various dependent territories of the United Kingdom.
3. Any of various coins of small denomination.
4. A sum of money.
Idiom:
pretty penny
A considerable sum of money: I paid a pretty penny for that ring.

[Middle English, an English coin, from Old English penig.]

pen·ny 2

 (pĕn′ē)
n. pl. pen·nies
Variant of pinny..

penny

(ˈpɛnɪ)
n, pl pennies or pence (pɛns) pl pennies
1. (Currencies) Also called (formerly): new penny (in Britain) a bronze coin having a value equal to one hundredth of a pound. Symbol: p
2. (Currencies) (in Britain before 1971) a bronze or copper coin having a value equal to one twelfth of a shilling or one two-hundred-and-fortieth of a pound. Abbreviation: d
3. (Currencies) a former monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland worth one hundredth of a pound
4. (Currencies) (in the US and Canada) a cent
5. (Currencies) a coin of similar value, as used in several other countries
6. (used with a negative) informal chiefly Brit the least amount of money: I don't have a penny.
7. a bad penny informal chiefly Brit an objectionable person or thing (esp in the phrase turn up like a bad penny)
8. a pretty penny informal a considerable sum of money
9. spend a penny informal Brit to urinate
10. the penny dropped informal chiefly Brit the explanation of something was finally realized
11. two a penny plentiful but of little value
[Old English penig, pening; related to Old Saxon penni(n)g, Old High German pfeni(n)c, German Pfennig]

pen•ny

(ˈpɛn i)

n., pl. pen•nies, (esp. collectively for 2,3,11 ) pence.
1. a monetary unit of various nations, as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S., equal to 1/100 of a dollar; one cent.
2. Also called new penny. a monetary unit of the United Kingdom, equal to 1/100 of a pound.
3. a monetary unit equal to 1/240 of the former British pound or to 1/12 of the former British shilling.
4. a unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland, equal to 1/100 of the punt.
5. a sum of money: to spend every penny.
6. the unit of measurement describing the size of a nail in standard designations from twopenny to sixtypenny. Abbr.: d
Idioms:
1. a bad penny, someone or something undesirable.
2. a pretty penny, a considerable sum of money.
3. turn an honest penny, to earn one's living honestly.
[before 900; Middle English peni, Old English penig, pænig, pen(n)ing, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Dutch penning, Old High German pfenning (German Pfennig), Old Norse penningr (perhaps < Old English); < West Germanic *pandingaz, probably =*pand- pawn2 + *-ingaz -ing3]

-penny

a combining form for adjectives denoting nail sizes: sixpenny; eightpenny.Abbr.: d

penny

Pennies usually refers to a number of individual coins.

He took two pennies out of his pocket.

You use pence or p when you are talking about a sum of money.

It only cost fifty pence.
Admission for children is 50p.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penny - a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdompenny - a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound
fractional monetary unit, subunit - a monetary unit that is valued at a fraction (usually one hundredth) of the basic monetary unit
British pound, British pound sterling, pound sterling, quid, pound - the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
Irish pound, Irish punt, punt, pound - formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
2.penny - a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
copper - a copper penny
new penny - a coin used in Great Britain since 1971 worth one hundredth of a pound

penny

noun
two or ten a penny numerous, widespread, abundant, ubiquitous, plentiful, very common, copious, numberless, thick on the ground, a dime a dozen (U.S.) Leggy blondes are two a penny in Hollywood.
Translations
بِنْسٌبِنس: نُقود إنجليزيَّهقِطعَة نُقود زَهيدة القيمَهقيمة البِنْس
centhaléřpencepenny
pennycent etcøre
penni
peni
garas
pennÿ
ペニー
페니
bepinigisgrašisnuskurdęsskatikassmulkus pinigas
grasis, centsgrasis, sīknaudapenijs, penss
halierpenny
peni
penny
เพนนี
penisent1 sent
đồng xu

penny

[ˈpenɪ]
A. N (= value) (pence (pl)) (= coins) (pennies (pl)) (Brit) → penique m (US) (= cent) → centavo m; (Spanish equivalent) → perra f gorda
it costs five pencecuesta cinco peniques
I have five penniestengo cinco peniques
I don't owe you a pennyno te debo nada
it cost £500 but it was worth every pennycostó 500 libras, pero mereció la pena pagarlas
£20, not a penny more, not a penny less20 libras, ni un penique más ni menos
new penny penique del sistema monetario británico actual que es la centésima parte de una libra
old penny penique del sistema monetario británico antiguo equivalente a 0,4 peniques actuales
a ten-pence piece or coinuna moneda de diez peniques
he turns up like a bad pennyestá hasta en la sopa
to count the penniesmirar el dinero
then the penny droppedpor fin cayó en la cuenta
he hasn't a penny to his name; he hasn't two pennies to rub togetherno tiene dónde caerse muerto
(a) penny for your thoughts; a penny for them¿en qué estás pensando?
for two pence I'd tell her what I think of herpor menos de nada le digo lo que pienso de ella
to be two or ten a pennyhaberlo a montones
he thinks jobs are two a pennycree que hay trabajos a montones
to watch the penniesmirar el dinero
in for a penny, in for a poundde perdidos, al río
take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselvesmuchos pocos hacen un montón
a penny saved is a penny gainedsi pagas aunque sea sólo un céntimo or un poco menos, eso que te ahorras
see also honest A2
see also pretty A1
see also spend A1
B. CPD penny arcade N (US) → galería f de máquinas tragaperras
penny black N primer sello de correos británico, que data del 1830
penny dreadful N libro o revista escabroso o sensacionalista
penny farthing Nvelocípedo m
penny whistle Nflauta f metálica

penny

[ˈpɛni] [pennies] (pl) [pence] [ˈpɛns] (pl) n
(British) (= 1p) → penny m
to be worth every penny
The operation cost £100,000 and it was worth every penny → L'opération a coûté 100 000 livres et elle les valait largement.
The directors of this company feel he's worth every penny → La direction de cette société trouve qu'avec lui elle en a pour son argent.
it won't cost you a penny → ça ne te coûtera pas un centime
the penny dropped (mainly British)ça a fait tilt
to spend a penny (British) (old-fashioned)aller au petit coin
to be two a penny, to be ten a penny (British) (= commonplace) → courir les rues
(British) (coin in use up to 1971)penny m
(US) (= cent) → cent mpenny arcade n (US)salle f de jeux (avec machines à sous)penny loafer n (US)mocassin mpenny-pinching [ˈpɛnipɪntʃɪŋ]
néconomies fpl de bouts de chandelle
adj [person] → pingrepenny whistle nflûteau mpen pal penpal [ˈpɛnpæl] ncorrespondant(e) m/fpen-pusher penpusher [ˈpɛnpʊʃər] n (pejorative)gratte-papier m inv

penny

n pl <(coins) pennies or (sum) pence> → Penny m; (US) → Centstück nt; it costs 50 pencees kostet 50 Pence; he hasn’t got a penny (to his name)er hat keinen Cent (Geld); in for a penny, in for a pound (esp Brit prov) → wennschon, dennschon (inf); (morally) → wer A sagt muss auch B sagen (prov); I’m not a penny the wiserich bin genauso klug wie zuvor; take care of the pennies and the pounds (Brit) or dollars (US) will take care of themselves (Prov) → spare im Kleinen, dann hast du im Großen; to count or watch the penniesauf den Pfennig sehen; a penny for your thoughtsich möchte deine Gedanken lesen können; magpies are two or ten a penny in this areaElstern gibt es in dieser Gegend jede Menge; he keeps turning up like a bad penny (inf)der taucht immer wieder auf (inf); to spend a penny (Brit inf) → austreten, mal eben verschwinden (inf); the penny dropped (inf)der Groschen ist gefallen (inf) ? pretty, honest

penny

:
penny arcade
nSpielhalle f
Penny Black
n (= stamp)Penny Black f
penny-dreadful
n (dated Brit) → Groschenroman m
penny-farthing
n (Brit) → Hochrad nt
penny loafer
n (US) → Slipper m, → Mokassin m
penny-pinch
vijeden Cent or Pfennig umdrehen
penny-pincher
n (pej)Pfennigfuchser(in) m(f) (pej)
penny-pinching
adjknauserig (inf)
pennyweight
nPennygewicht nt
penny whistle
nKinderflöte f
penny wise
adj to be penny and pound foolishimmer am falschen Ende sparen
pennyworth
n (dated) a penny of liquoricefür einen Penny Lakritz; a penny of common sensefür fünf Cent gesunden Menschenverstand

penny

[ˈpɛnɪ] n (pennies or pence (pl)) (Brit) → penny m inv (Am) → centesimo
in for a penny, in for a pound → abbiamo fatto trenta, facciamo trentuno
I'm not a penny the wiser → continuo a capirci quanto prima
she hasn't a penny to her name → non ha un soldo bucato
he turns up like a bad penny → te lo ritrovi sempre tra i piedi
a penny for your thoughts → a che pensi?
and then the penny dropped! (fig) → improvvisamente ci sono arrivato!

penny

(ˈpeni) nounplurals pence (pens) ˈpennies
1. in British currency, the hundredth part of `1. It costs seventy-five pence; Oranges, 12p each.
2. in certain countries, a coin of low value.
3. the value of such a coin.
ˈpenniless adjective
very poor; with little or no money. a penniless old man.

penny

بِنْسٌ pence penny Penny πένα penique penni penny peni soldo ペニー 페니 penny penny pens centavo пенс penny เพนนี peni đồng xu 便士
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Ginger and Pickles sold red spotty pocket- handkerchiefs at a penny three farthings.
Miss Fullilove, the timber- merchant's daughter, was quite sure that if SHE were Miss Penny Palfrey, she would be cautious; it was not a good sign when men looked so much above themselves for a wife.
Years ago, when my whole capital would occasionally come down to "what in town the people call a bob," I would recklessly spend a penny of it, merely for the sake of having the change, all in coppers, to jingle.
Place a penny on the middle of one of your tables in Space; and leaning over it, look down upon it.
Tis Fair week, and my beef and mutton should fetch a fair penny," and he laughed loudly at his jest.
If a man has to pay eighteen shillings a day for the use of a cab and two horses, as many of us have to do in the season, and must make that up before we earn a penny for ourselves I say 'tis more than hard work; nine shillings a day to get out of each horse before you begin to get your own living.
Three pennyworths of meat I sell to a fat friar or priest for sixpence, for I want not their custom; stout aldermen I charge threepence, for it doth not matter to me whether they buy or not; to buxom dames I sell three pennyworths of meat for one penny for I like their custom well; but to the bonny lass that hath a liking for a good tight butcher I charge nought but one fair kiss, for I like her custom the best of all.
I spent money rather too freely in those days, it is true; but one reason for it was that I hadn't got the proportions of things entirely adjusted, even yet, after so long a sojourn in Britain -- hadn't got along to where I was able to absolutely realize that a penny in Arthur's land and a couple of dollars in Connecticut were about one and the same thing: just twins, as you may say, in purchasing power.
There's Nicholas,' pursued the lady, 'quite a young man--it's time he was in the way of doing something for himself; and Kate too, poor girl, without a penny in the world.
The farmer was a sad miser, and knew that his man was very simple-hearted; so he took out threepence, and gave him for every year's service a penny.
I crept close, feeling unspeakably mean; I got my Turkish penny ready, and was extending a trembling hand to make the nefarious exchange, when I heard a cough behind me.
Fortune suddenly smiled upon Jo, and dropped a good luck penny in her path.