Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coin formerly used in Britain and worth six pennies.
  • n. The sum of six pennies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A former coin worth six old pence; a tanner.
  • n. The value of six old pence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An English silver coin of the value of six pennies; half a shilling, or about twelve cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An English silver coin of the value of six pence (about 12 cents); half of a shilling.
  • n. The value of six pence, or half a shilling; a slight value: sometimes used attributively.
  • n. In the United States, especially in New York, while the coin was in circulation, a Spanish half-real, of the value of 6¼ cents.

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

  • n. a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970

Etymologies

six +‎ pence (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He went to a house that he knew of, and offered to chop some wood for sixpence, and with _that sixpence_ he bought the pipes.

    Far Off

  • A YOUNG spendthrift being apprised that he had given a shilling when sixpence would have been enough, remarked that "He knew no difference between a _shilling_ and _sixpence_."

    The Jest Book The Choicest Anecdotes and Sayings

  • "They like things to be neat and new, and that sixpence is bent."

    Mopsa the Fairy

  • "A sixpence is a tanner, and a shilling a bob; but what a pony is I don't know."

    Chapter 14

  • Juries also disliked convicting when the penalty for coining sixpence was the same as the penalty for killing a mother.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume I.

  • I only know a few words; they call a sixpence a tanner, don't they? '

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • "Do you mean thieves 'slang -- cant? no, I don't speak cant, I don't like it, I only know a few words; they call a sixpence a tanner, don't they?"

    Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • “A sixpence is a tanner, and a shilling a bob; but what a pony is I don’t know.”

    Chapter 14

  • ‘Do you mean thieves’ slang — cant? no, I don’t speak cant, don’t like it, I only know a few words; they call a sixpence a tanner, don’t they?’

    Lavengro

  • I have played him and beat him; and a sixpence is my spoil and just reward.

    Roundabout Papers

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