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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.
Catchpenny Resale Shoppe has been located at 118 East Main Street in downtown Barrington for over 40 years.
LOWER WITHINGTON: A menage is planned on land adjacent to Catchpenny Lane fishing pool, Catchpenny Lane by Paul Duffy.
The Catchpenny, Fitzwilliam Home-cooked food and good ales can be found at this country pub near Pontefract.
He told his mother Jennie: "I will try & be a good boy if you will consent to rid me of the tyranny of this stealing, lying, catchpenny German blackguard."
Catchpenny Safari Lodges near Elie and St Monans welcome dogs, with home-from-home glamping comforts for owners.
Touchstone adopted the position that music halls were disreputable places and that members of the acting profession should therefore refrain from associating themselves with The Era, described as: "the chronicler of the flattest, smallest beer; the trumpet-blower of mendacious and meretricious rubbish, and the hocus-pocus exponent of everything that drags a noble profession down into the sticky, nasty mud of the meanest catchpenny showman's trade" (7 Dec.
Indeed, "frustration" and "loss of autonomy" were mentioned by these journalists when commenting on cases in which their suggestions were dismissed by subeditors and/or the "lab guys." When invited to expand on those frustrating feelings, some evoked reasons concerning professional reputation--for example, the fact that they did not want their stories to be associated with shocking audiovisual material that could be labeled "sensationalistic" by audiences or "catchpenny" by fellow journalists in the comments on their websites or on social media.
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.
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.
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.