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or tup·pence  (tŭp′əns)
n. Chiefly British
1. Two pennies regarded as a monetary unit.
2. pl. twopence or two·penc·es A British coin worth two pennies.


(ˈtʌpəns) or


1. the sum of two pennies
2. (used with a negative) something of little value (in the phrase not care or give twopence)
3. (Historical Terms) a former British silver coin, now only coined as Maundy money


(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.twopence - a former United Kingdom silver cointwopence - 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


[ˈtʌpəns] Ndos peniques; (= coin) → moneda f de dos peniques
it's not worth twopenceno vale una perra gorda
see also care C1


[ˈtʌpns] n (Brit) (amount) → due penny; (coin) → moneta da due penny
References in classic literature ?
We are aristocrats, and not those who can only exist by favor of the powerful of this world, and who can be bought for twopence halfpenny.
And yet he could not tell why, for he knew quite well that he had bought the pen-holder during his last holidays at Blackstable for one and twopence.
Judy, my child," says Grandfather Smallweed, "give the person his twopence.
I felt sure there was twopence left," said the Doctor.
I knew it was fourpence, because they told me that if I kept it until I got twopence more I should have sixpence, which argument, albeit undeniable, moved me not, and the money was squandered, to the best of my recollection, on the very next morning, although upon what memory is a blank.
Sir Clifford thinks of charging twopence for a peep at the whispering gallery in the spinal column; threepence to hear the echo in the hollow of his cerebellum; and sixpence for the unrivalled view from his forehead.
Twopence halfpenny an hour,' said Boffin, taking a piece of chalk from his pocket and getting off the stool to work the sum on the top of it in his own way; 'two long'uns and a short'un--twopence halfpenny; two short'uns is a long'un and two two long'uns is four long'uns-- making five long'uns; six nights a week at five long'uns a night,' scoring them all down separately, 'and you mount up to thirty long'uns.
They went about in their youth in flannel or paper caps, in coats black with coal-dust or streaked with lime and red paint; in old age their white hairs are seen in a place of honour at church and at market, and they tell their well-dressed sons and daughters, seated round the bright hearth on winter evenings, how pleased they were when they first earned their twopence a-day.
How can you care for the opinion of the crowd, when you don't care twopence for the opinion of the individual?
How they pile the poor little craft mast-high with fine clothes and big houses; with useless servants, and a host of swell friends that do not care twopence for them, and that they do not care three ha'pence for; with expensive entertainments that nobody enjoys, with formalities and fashions, with pretence and ostentation, and with - oh, heaviest, maddest lumber of all
You can see that they are to be married when he has twopence.
Leaving his wife at Lichfield, he set off with his friend and pupil David Garrick, as he afterwards said, "With twopence halfpenny in my pocket, and thou, Davy, with three halfpence in thine.