Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Designed and made to sell without concern for quality; cheap.
  • noun A cheap item.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something of little value, adapted to attract popular attention and thus secure a quick sale; anything externally attractive, made merely to sell.
  • Made or got up to gain money; put forth merely to sell: as, a catchpenny pamphlet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made or contrived for getting small sums of money from the ignorant or unwary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A cheap item designed to attract purchasers of other goods

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

  • adjective designed to sell quickly without concern for quality

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Examples

  • Well, I went on perusing the work, and found almost at once that it was what is called a catchpenny, and depended altogether, for its success, upon the fame and reputation of its predecessor of nearly the same name.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • In everything one finds this frank acceptance of twin values which are not expected to have anything in common: on the one hand a quite unclouded, quite unhypocritical assumption of transcendent theory “high ideals”; on the other a simultaneous acceptance of catchpenny realities.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Rose believed Crossfire was "much too important a picture to be advertised like a catchpenny potboiler," noting that on "18,000 screens it can do more good than a whole passel of tolerance societies with fancy names on the stationery."

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

  • In everything one finds this frank acceptance of twin values which are not expected to have anything in common: on the one hand a quite unclouded, quite unhypocritical assumption of transcendent theory “high ideals”; on the other a simultaneous acceptance of catchpenny realities.

    Highbrow and lowbrow

  • Start ending the environmental catchpenny of blended fuel mandates that†™ s done squat to clean our air, but done tons to sully our wallets.

    Think Progress » VIDEO: Cavuto Slams Schumer For Pushing Price Gouging Investigation, Ignores Top Conservatives

  • The distinction he made in his fictions — between novels and "entertainments" — was one that he first evolved to excuse himself for writing an openly catchpenny movie script in the form of Orient Express.

    I'll Be Damned

  • The distinction he made in his fictions — between novels and "entertainments" — was one that he first evolved to excuse himself for writing an openly catchpenny movie script in the form of Orient Express.

    I'll Be Damned

  • The distinction he made in his fictions — between novels and "entertainments" — was one that he first evolved to excuse himself for writing an openly catchpenny movie script in the form of Orient Express.

    I'll Be Damned

  • Reviews: ‘Caine is a talented enough and likeable enough performer to create the illusion of a mature irony at work on catchpenny material’ - The Voice

    Films of Michael Caine #43: Blame It on Rio

  • Don't let your lip curl at the catchpenny title -- the book contains much that would be of value to any writer.

    Kate Atkinson: Case Histories

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  • His book was a novel; it had the catchpenny cover, and while the romance of life stood neglected at his side he lost himself in that of the circulating library.

    --Henry James, 1893, "The Middle Years", Scribner's Magazine 13: 610

    October 28, 2009