Definition of farthing
1a : a former British monetary unit equal to 1⁄4 of a pennyb : a coin representing this unit
2 : something of small value : mite
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New claims will arise; women will demand the vote; lads from 12 to 21 will think their rights not enough attended to; and every man who has not a farthing, will demand an equal voice with any other, in all acts of state.
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Origin and Etymology of farthing
Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung (akin to Middle High German vierdunc fourth part), from Old English fēortha fourth
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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: a former British coin that had a value equal to 1/4 of a penny
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