pin money


Definition of pin money

1a dated : money given by a man to a woman in his family (such as his wife or daughter) for her own use … when a New York girl wanted some pin money, she telegraphed to her father, and he sent it up in a wagon.— Howard Bronson
b : money set aside for the purchase of incidentals It will take all my pin money for a month. No more soda water for a while, unless someone treats me.— Amy Ellen Blanchard
2 : a trivial amount of money And Joe said that even if there had been a risk, ten thousand would have been pin money to a man in Bruce's position.— Susan Isaacs

Examples of pin money in a Sentence

She had a babysitting job to earn pin money. the summer intern made only pin money but gained valuable work experience
Recent Examples on the Web At the end, there's a celebration where all of the guests throw or pin money onto the bride and groom as an offering to them. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2020 Bonnie and Andrea pocket around $100 a month for spending two hours a week taking surveys, which gives each of them extra pin money. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of pin money

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Pin money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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