from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coin formerly used in Great Britain worth one fourth of a penny.
- n. Something of very little value.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Former British unit of currency worth one-quarter of an old penny.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fourth of a penny; a small copper coin of Great Britain, being a cent in United States currency.
- n. A very small quantity or value.
- n. A division of land.
from The 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.
- 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.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny
Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English feorðing ("a quarter"), from feorða ("fourth"), probably influenced by Old Norse fiórðungr (Wiktionary)