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1. Abbr. f. A coin formerly used in Great Britain worth one fourth of a penny.
2. Something of little value.

[Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]


1. a former British bronze coin, worth a quarter of an old penny, that ceased to be legal tender in 1961
2. something of negligible value; jot
[Old English fēorthing from fēortha fourth + -ing1]


(ˈfɑr ðɪŋ)

1. a former British coin equal to 1/4th of a penny.
2. something of very small value; bit.
[before 950; Middle English ferthing, Old English fēorthing. See fourth, -ing3]
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Noun1.farthing - a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a pennyfarthing - a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money


[ˈfɑːðɪŋ] Ncuarto m de penique


nFarthing m (ein Viertelpenny)
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