(a) penny for your thoughts

Definition of (a) penny for your thoughts

used to ask what someone is thinking about
  • "A penny for your thoughts?" "Oh, I'm just thinking about what I want to do over the weekend."

Word by Word Definitions

penny play
  1. : a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to ¹/₂₄₀ pound but now equal to ¹/₁₀₀ pound

  2. : a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at Money Table

  3. : a coin representing one penny

  1. : being a (designated) nail size

your play
  1. : of or relating to you or yourself or yourselves especially as possessor or possessors, agent or agents, or object or objects of an action

  2. : of or relating to one or oneself

  3. used with little or no meaning almost as an equivalent to the definite article the

thought play thoughts
  1. : past tense and past participle of think

  1. : something that is thought: such as

  2. : an individual act or product of thinking

  3. : a developed intention or plan


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