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

  • n. As much as a penny will buy.
  • n. A small amount; a modicum.
  • n. A bargain: got my pennyworth at that price.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount that can be bought by a penny.
  • n. A small worth or quantity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A penny's worth; as much as may be bought for a penny.
  • n. Hence: The full value of one's penny expended; due return for money laid out; a good bargain; a bargain.
  • n. A small quantity; a trifle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. As much as is bought for a penny; hence, a small quantity.
  • n. Value for the money given; hence, a bar-gain, whether in buying or selling.

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

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


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  • The 31-year-old had three months earlier bought a "pennyworth" of arsenic from a local chemist explaining that she wanted it to "kill bugs."

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  • "His life -- the highwayman's -- has, generally, the most mirth and the least care in it of any man's breathing, and all he deals for is clear profit: he has that point of good conscience, that he always sells as he buys, a good pennyworth, which is something rare, since he trades with so small a stock.


  • "pennyworth," occurs as the rendering of the Roman denarius.

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  • I was going to add my pennyworth, but CaptainBeaky and Jeff Wood have beaten me to it. on June 24, 2008 at 9: 48 pm | Reply nightjack

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  • Then London added its pennyworth, with a Home Office minister, Lord West, telling of "another great plot building up again" and a "huge threat" from al-Qaeda.

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  • However, for those of you interested in carrying on the fight the BBC is running a sort of poll on the issue, so I suppose it might be worth adding our four pennyworth.

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  • Clive, it's been a great one to follow and although I like you put in my two pennyworth, I had to bite my tongue very hard not to get mad.....

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  • I really have to argue on this point - and chuck in my own two-pennyworth.

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  • If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.

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  • My own pennyworth here is that applied mathematicians have also become too specialised, so despite economies being active information-based control systems, those advising economists are not familiar with the relevant maths and logic, i.e. that used by technologists to characterise not the data but the workings and RELIABILITY of computing, control and communication systems.

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