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n. Chiefly British
Variant of twopence.


Brit a variant spelling of twopence


(ˈtʌp əns, ˈtuˌpɛns)

also tuppence

n., pl. -pence, -pen•ces for 2,3.
1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Brit. a sum of two pennies.
2. a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
3. a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
4. a trifle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tuppence - a former United Kingdom silver cointuppence - a former United Kingdom silver coin; United Kingdom bronze decimal coin worth two pennies
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money


n (Brit) → zwei Pence; I don’t care tuppence (inf)das interessiert mich nicht für fünf Pfennig (inf), → das ist mir doch so egal (inf)
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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:
Tuppence', an' mother she began fumblin' in her pocket an' she says to me, `Martha, tha's brought me thy wages like a good lass, an' I've got four places to put every penny, but I'm just goin' to take tuppence out of it to buy that child a skippin'-rope,' an' she bought one an' here it is.
And he called me and gev me tuppence, and sez, 'You go to the devil,' he sez, 'and don't tell no one you seen me here, or else,' he sez, 'I might be tempted to drownd you,' he sez, 'and wot a shock that would be to your parents
That's 'im that the lady kissed, and that gev me tuppence and threatened to drownd me.
She's not worth tuppence on it if any kind of a sea kicks up, and it's ripe for a nor'wester any moment now.
Bardell; I had been out with a little basket, gentlemen, to buy three pound of red kidney pertaties, which was three pound tuppence ha'penny, when I see Mrs.
David Walliams (Little Britain) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) team up in this jolly English romp following the travails of husband and wife sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, two of the lesser known characters created by famed crime writer Agatha Christie.
DAVID Walliams and Call The Midwives' Jessica Raine played crime-solving couple Tommy and Tuppence Beresford in Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime on BBC1.
Tommy and Tuppence feel certain they have identified the spy staying at the Sans Souci - only for their suspect to turn up dead.
Tommy and Tuppence (David Walliams and Jessica Raine, right) try to find the potential nuclear bomb thief.
DRAMA Tommy and Tuppence (David Walliams and Jessica Raine, above) weather a storm in their relationship when he flies solo to help Major Carter find a missing nuclear scientist.
He sends Tommy on a top secret mission, which he cannot even tell Tuppence about.