Definitions

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  • n. halfpennyworth
  • n. A foolish person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the amount that can be bought for a halfpenny

Etymologies

Abbreviation of halfpennyworth. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What is so dangerous that our oldest statutes could be upended for such a ha'p'orth of momentary panic?

    Boing Boing

  • It has all the poetry ascribed to Virgil, and the Commentaries of Servius and Landini, which are so voluminous that the page looks like a ha'p'orth of sack to an intolerable deal of very dry bread.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • "He don't mane a ha'p'orth o 'harum, but jist now he's not quite in his right moind."

    Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature

  • As Storran himself expressed it, rather bitterly: "Now that I can't buy a ha'p'orth of happiness with the money, my luck has turned."

    The Lamp of Fate

  • If it was a matter of putting away the grub, I can tell you he worked for two, but as to anything else, he made me carry his pack as well as my own, on the pretext that he had sprained his ankle, and his only contribution to the firm was a frousy old scrubbing-brush which he sneaked from a poor woman whilst I was selling her a ha'p'orth of pins.

    A Girl Among the Anarchists

  • It's the Bank of England to a ha'p'orth of figs that to-morrow morning

    Jonah and Co.

  • Could he not understand that if he swaggered and posed at the judicial table, or held forth at dinner on the prerogatives of Government, that he, simply to provoke her uncle, was showing thereby that he had not a ha'p'orth of respect for the Court, or himself, or any of the people who were listening and looking at him?

    The Party

  • There are still more who have written off princely debts and do not seem to be a "ha'p'orth the worse."

    What is Coming?

  • But this one thing we have done: we have clung to our patriarchal Constitution, not caring a ha'p'orth who administered our laws so long as the laws were our own.

    The Little Manx Nation - 1891

  • And something out of heaven was saying to him, 'It's the Lord's day, Jannie; they'll not get a ha'p'orth.'

    The Manxman A Novel - 1895

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  • A half-penny's worth.

    December 15, 2007