eightpenny nail


eight·​pen·​ny nail ˌāt-ˌpe-nē- How to pronounce eightpenny nail (audio)
: a nail typically 2¹/₂ inches (6.35 centimeters) long

Word History


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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eightpenny nail was in the 15th century

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“Eightpenny nail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eightpenny%20nail. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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