Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the British islands, the sum of fourpence, equal to one third of a shilling, or about eight cents of United States money.
- n. A small silver coin of this value, usually called a four-penny bit or four-penny piece, and sometimes a groat. See groat and joey.
- n. A former British silver coin, worth four pence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A British silver coin, worth four pence; a groat.
- n. A name formerly given in New England to the Spanish half real, a silver coin worth six and a quarter cents.
- n. a former English silver coin worth four pennies
- four + pence (Wiktionary)
“A fip in Maryland was six and a quarter cents, called fourpence in”
“A fip in Maryland was six and a quarter cents, called fourpence in Massachusetts.”
“I believe I've got one -- or fourpence, which is all the same. ”
“I send stamps for two shillings and fourpence, which is what I owe to you.”
“I asked this friend of mine how much there was to pay, and he said 'fourpence'.”
“There are in it twenty-three marks, one noble, three shillings and fourpence, which is a great treasure for one man to carry.”
“The farmer in Chelsea is charging fourpence a head to see the five-legged cow.”
“If it's a misquote then sorry - send three and fourpence, etc.”
“A missionary brought him a pair of paper slippers, worth fourpence (I saw them), and proceeded to offer up fifty prayers or so for the good of Dan Cullen's soul.”
“Nor did she take further interest in me till I came to pay my reckoning (fourpence), when I pulled all of ten shillings out of my pocket.”
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