catch·​pen·​ny ˈkach-ˌpe-nē How to pronounce catchpenny (audio)
: using sensationalism or cheapness for appeal
a catchpenny newspaper

Example Sentences

the novel's catchpenny title belies its serious literary ambitions

Word History

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catchpenny was in 1705

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Cite this Entry

“Catchpenny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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