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 (thrĕp′ə-nē, thrĭp′-, thrŭp′-)
1. Worth or priced at threepence.
2. Very small; trifling.
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(Currencies) of or relating to a threepenny bit
n, pl -nies
(Currencies) another word for threepenny bit
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(ˈθrɪp ə ni, ˈθrɛp-, ˈθrʌp-; ˈθriˌpɛn i)

1. of the amount or value of threepence.
2. of little worth.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.threepenny - used of nail size; 1 1/8 in long
sized - having a specified size
2.threepenny - of trifling worththreepenny - of trifling worth      
cheap, inexpensive - relatively low in price or charging low prices; "it would have been cheap at twice the price"; "inexpensive family restaurants"
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[ˈθrepənɪ] ADJ (Brit) → de tres peniques (fig) → de poca monta, despreciable
threepenny bit; threepenny piecemoneda f de tres peniques
Threepenny OperaÓpera f de perra gorda
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References in classic literature ?
There is bread and butter to begin with, of the size of a threepenny bit; and cakes to end with, and they are so small that they have no crumbs.
I dare say that not a single soul in the world got the comfort of as much as a recovered threepenny bit out of the estate.
| 1971: The British penny and the threepenny piece coins ceased to be legal tender.
Old pennies or threepenny bits can be especially valuable to us, particularly if they were minted in key years.
Schechter's starting point is the two eighteenth-century works that Brecht and his collaborators adapted: John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728), which became The Threepenny Opera (1928), and George Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer (1706), "reutilised" in 1955 as Trumpets and Drums.
"Meg" and "og" ("halfpenny"), also went, as did "win" ("a penny"), "dodger" (the eightsided three-penny bit), "joey" (the 12-sided threepenny bit), and "tiddler" (the silver threepenny bit).
The new 12-sided pound coin, the shape of which resembles the old threepenny bit, entered circulation in March and boasts new high-tech security features to thwart counterfeiters.
John Bevan Reminiscent of the old threepenny bit, for those of us old enough to remember...
Announced in this year's Budget, the coin aims to stop counterfeits and resembles the pre-decimal 12-sided "threepenny bit".
Guests enjoyed a viewing of The Threepenny Opera, with ticket proceeds going to the Atlantic Theater Company's arts education programs.
After a few landings this must surely be causing the profile of the tyre to resemble that of the bronze threepenny bit, as well as the further risk of a blowout.
I understand you saw Threepenny at the Theatre de Lys Off-Broadway in the mid-1950s, starring Lone Lenya.