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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
References in classic literature ?
One July day she came in with her hands full, and went about the house leaving letters and parcels like the penny post.
We will five like kings and won't have to spend a penny to see the fair and horse races," they declared boastfully.
As the younger ones slipped up to him in his retreat, he kept taking things out of his pockets; penny dolls, a wooden clown, a balloon pig that was inflated by a whistle.
Nor was it out of keeping with the general coarseness and matter-of-fact character of the age, that the son should be willing to earn an honest penny, or, rather, a weighty amount of sterling pounds, from the purse of his father's deadly enemy.
Again, I always go to sea as a sailor, because they make a point of paying me for my trouble, whereas they never pay passengers a single penny that I ever heard of.
One old Sag-Harbor whaleman's chief reason for questioning the Hebrew story was this: --He had one of those quaint old-fashioned Bibles, embellished with curious, unscientific plates; one of which represented Jonah's whale with two spouts in his head --a peculiarity only true with respect to a species of the Leviathan (the Right Whale, and the varieties of that order), concerning which the fishermen have this saying, A penny roll would choke him; his swallow is so very small.
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.
So, bit by bit, the feast takes form--there is a ham and a dish of sauerkraut, boiled rice, macaroni, bologna sausages, great piles of penny buns, bowls of milk, and foaming pitchers of beer.
Show me the tribute-money," said he--and one took a penny out of his pocket--if you use money which has the image of Caesar on it, and which he has made current and valuable, that is, if you are men of the State, and gladly enjoy the advantages of Caesar's government, then pay him back some of his own when he demands it.
You may safely say, A penny for your thoughts, or a thousand pounds.
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.
Now I knew she was used to receiving about a penny from manly people who care nothing about the opinions of scullery-maids, and about tuppence from moral cowards; but I laid a silver twenty-five cent piece within her reach and tried to shrivel her up with this sarcastic speech: