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

Definition of halfpenny 

1 plural halfpence\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 : the sum of half a penny

3 : a small amount

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The cost of providing the training, closing the stores and any loss of sales due to boycotting customers won’t show up until the fiscal third quarter when William Blair estimates up to a halfpenny penalty to earnings per share. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Starbucks Corp. Earnings -- What to Watch," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of halfpenny

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of halfpenny

: a former British coin worth one half of a penny

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