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1. As much as a penny will buy.
2. A small amount; a modicum.
3. A bargain: got my pennyworth at that price.


1. the amount that can be bought for a penny
2. a small amount: he hasn't got a pennyworth of sense.


(ˈpɛn iˌwɜrθ)

1. as much as may be bought for a penny.
2. a small quantity.
3. a bargain.
[before 1000]


 a small quantity—Johnson, 1755.
Example: pennyworth of apples, 1573.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pennyworth - the amount that can be bought for a penny
worth - an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value; "10 dollars worth of gasoline"


[ˈpenəθ] N (Hist) a pennyworth of sweetsun penique de caramelos
to put in one's two pennyworthmeter baza
you've had your two pennyworthmetiste baza
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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."
With which parting words, coolly added as he listened to his receding footsteps and locked the grate upon himself, he descended the steps, and lighting the fire below the little copper, prepared, without any assistance, for his daily occupation; which was to retail at the area-head above pennyworths of broth and soup, and savoury puddings, compounded of such scraps as were to be bought in the heap for the least money at Fleet Market in the evening time; and for the sale of which he had need to have depended chiefly on his private connection, for the court had no thoroughfare, and was not that kind of place in which many people were likely to take the air, or to frequent as an agreeable promenade.
To picnic by some lonely stream-side on a few sandwiches, a flask of claret, and a pennyworth of apples; to talk about the books we loved; to exchange our hopes and dreams,--we asked nothing better than this simple fare.
But there was always no money; they never paid for as much as a pennyworth of peppermints.