Definitions

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  • adj. Having a value or cost of eightpence.

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

  • adj. used of nail size; 2 1/2 in or 6.4 cm long

Etymologies

eight +‎ penny (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I asked Papi why they are called tenpenny, eightpenny, an' sixpenny darters, an' he said it was 'cause they looked like nails an' that nails used to be sold by the pennyweight.

    The Celebrated Jumping Flippit of Tau-Ceti IV

  • His lordship is meekly going to dine at an eightpenny ordinary, his giants in pawn, his men in armor dwindled to “one poor knight,” his carriage to be sold, his stalwart aldermen vanished, his sheriffs, alas! and alas! in gaol!

    George Cruikshank

  • Finally she slapped on the table two ‘large teas’ and four slices of bread and dripping — that is, eightpenny-worth of food.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • It was when you told me to put the eightpenny scuttle in Miss

    The Splendid Folly

  • Finally she slapped on the table two ‘large teas’ and four slices of bread and drippingthat is, eightpenny-worth of food.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • In the eightpenny dormitories the beds are comfortable, but there are so many of them (as a rule at least forty to a room), and so close together, that it is impossible to get a quiet night.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • An eight-shilling meal stands out, among eightpenny teas, as a rare extravagance ....

    Anthony Lyveden

  • "This, I presume," he remarked, "is not where you serve the eightpenny table d'hote?"

    The Yellow Crayon

  • Even on ordinary days those low-ceiled dining-rooms, stretching far back from the street in a complicated vista of interiors, were apt to be crowded; for the quality of the eightpenny dinner could be relied upon.

    Clayhanger

  • My dinner consists in rotation of one third of a pound of bacon, cooked over the gas (twopence halfpenny), or two saveloys (twopence), or two pieces of fried fish (twopence), or a quarter of an eightpenny tin of Chicago beef (twopence).

    The Stark Munro Letters

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