American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Worth or priced at threepence.
- adj. Very small; trifling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Worth three pence only; hence, of little worth.
- n. Same as threepence, 1.
- adj. Having a value or cost of threepence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Costing or worth three pence; hence, worth but little; poor; mean.
- adj. of trifling worth
- adj. used of nail size; 1 1/8 in long
- three + penny (Wiktionary)
“The name of the small silver threepenny coin, known as the threepenny joey or just joey, had the origin in another small coin, a fourpenny piece or groat.”
“To-day, however, he overhauled the contents of the trays with rather more curiosity than usual; not because he expected to find a pearl of great price among the dust and dog's ears of the "threepenny" tray.”
“threepenny" tray -- one a fragment of _Robinson Crusoe_, the other Part”
“Annie and Wee Jean waited in the queue clutching their threepenny bits for an ice cream.”
“Along with the threepenny bit it was my favourite coin.”
“When this game was first released in 1880 it was so hugely popular in taverns and inns that the bank of England was forced to mint more threepenny bits to keep up with demand.”
“My grandfather, who lived with us, won my affection by being a soft touch for threepenny bits which could be used for ice-cream.”
“Do you not know that the tarantula, which is no bigger than a threepenny bit,70 has only to touch the mouth and it will afflict its victim with pains and drive him out of his senses.”
“I went to the threepenny Saturday morning kids 'program at the cinema and the first actor I ever saw was the Lone Ranger and I wanted to be the Lone Ranger and I knew I could do it.”
“Mr. Brooks was dickering with a local over a threepenny Virginia green from 1851, a rare and famous stamp in this alternate.”
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