halfpenny

play
noun half·pen·ny \ˈhāp-nē, ˈhā-pə-, US also ˈhaf-ˌpe-nē, ˈhäf-\

Definition of halfpenny

  1. 1 plural halfpence play \ˈhā-pən(t)s, US also ˈhaf-ˌpen(t)s, ˈhäf-\ or halfpennies :  a formerly used British coin representing one half of a penny

  2. 2 :  the sum of half a penny

  3. 3 :  a small amount

halfpenny

adjective

13th Century

First Known Use of halfpenny

13th century


HALFPENNY Defined for English Language Learners

halfpenny

play
noun half·pen·ny \ˈhāp-nē, ˈhā-pə-, US also ˈhaf-ˌpe-nē, ˈhäf-\

Definition of halfpenny for English Language Learners

  • : a former British coin worth one half of a penny


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up halfpenny? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an alert or lookout

Get Word of the Day daily email!