American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coin formerly used in Great Britain worth one fourth of a penny.
- n. Something of very little value.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An English piece of money equal to one fourth of a penny; the smallest English coin and money of account. The old silver penny was deeply impressed with a cross, and being broken made four farthings. Later silver farthings were coined; the first copper farthings were issued by Charles II., and they are now made of bronze.
- n. A division of land, probably originally a fourth of a hide; later, a quarter of an acre.
- n. Anything very small; a small quantity.
- n. [In the New Testament farthing is used to translate the Greek name of two small Roman coins, the assarius, worth one and a half cents, and the quadrans, a quarter of an assarius.]
- n. Former British unit of currency worth one-quarter of an old penny.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The fourth of a penny; a small copper coin of Great Britain, being a cent in United States currency.
- n. obsolete A very small quantity or value.
- n. obsolete A division of land.
- n. a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny
- From Old English feorðing ("a quarter"), from feorða ("fourth"), probably influenced by Old Norse fiórðungr (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In England they have a piece they call a farthing, which is about half a cent.”
“There is now not the slightest ground for hoping we ever shall obtain a farthing from the cottage at Honington.”
“It features such useful information as "a farthing is so small that it's only used nowadays by the dwarfs.”
“For God does not consider how much ye bear, but what is the store from which it comes; but each at all events can bring his farthing, that is, a ready will, which is called a farthing, because it is accompanied by three things, that is, thought, word and deed.”
“Then he fetched a pot of milk and plenty of white bread, gave him a bright newly-coined farthing in his hand, and said, “Hans, hold that farthing fast, crumble the white bread into the milk, and stay where you are, and do not stir from that spot till I come back.””
“The farthing was a small coin used in Judea, equal to two mites.”
“Ring and all, they have no market value; for a farthing is the least coin in our currency.”
“Not a farthing is the value of the honest love you hold;”
“From St. Mark's explanation, "two mites, which make a farthing," ver. 42, it may perhaps be inferred that the farthing was the commoner coin.”
“Of copper coins the farthing and its half, the mite, are spoken of, and these probably formed the chief native currency.”
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