Definition of penny
penniesplay \ˈpe-nēz\ or
1a : a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 1⁄240 pound but now equal to 1⁄100 poundb : a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at money tablec : a coin representing one penny
2 : denarius
3 plural pennies : cent
4 : a former monetary unit equal to 1⁄100 Irish pound
5 : a trivial amount
6 : a piece or sum of money that will cost a pretty penny
Recent Examples of penny from the Web
The price of gas in the metropolitan D.C. area is a penny lower than a week ago.
Critics slam the program as a wasteful giveaway in a tight state budget, returning only pennies on the dollar to the state treasury.
One climbing partner recalled how Beckey, who lived a spare and penny-pinching life to support his climbs, became upset when his partner threw away a crusty, year-old McDonald’s cup.
The shares were down 3 percent at 654 pence a share at 13:04 p.m. in London trading.
Many of those charities in turn spent large sums on administrative overhead, leaving pennies for those in need, the records show.
Broward County’s average price of $2.36 and Palm Beach County’s average of $2.42 were unchanged, while Miami-Dade County’s average price of $2.38 was just a penny higher.
More: WWII airmen, segregated by race, finally meet decades later Nearly every day Gary Marquardt plays at the graves of veterans — always leaving behind a penny on their stones as his symbol of the pittance of his service compared to theirs.
Cisco Systems, the largest maker of computer-networking gear, reported fiscal second-quarter results Tuesday that topped analyst forecasts by a penny while sales surged 40 percent.
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Origin and Etymology of penny
Middle English, from Old English penning, penig; akin to Old High German pfenning, a coin
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of -penny
: being a (designated) nail size an eightpenny nail
Origin and Etymology of -penny
penny; perhaps from the original price per hundred
PENNY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penny for English Language Learners
: a coin or a unit of money equal to 1/100 of a dollar
: a coin or a unit of money equal to 1/100 of a British pound
: a British coin used before 1971 that was equal to 1/12 of a shilling
PENNY Defined for Kids
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