pocket money

noun

: money for small personal expenses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Children use their Kard account to spend pocket money or get paid for selling clothes online, while parents use the app to set spending limits and understand their offspring’s shopping habits. WIRED, 6 Oct. 2022 In fact, Brooklyn even held a job at a local café in order to earn pocket money. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2022 What was envisioned as a way for college athletes to make some pocket money based on their celebrity has turned into bidding wars for top recruits and transfers who can command millions for their services. Eric Olson, Chron, 30 June 2022 Keiichi Shibahara went from making pocket money on wine arbitrage to building Japan’s most valuable hospice care firm Amvis. James Simms, Forbes, 8 June 2022 San Francisco gangsters offered Eddy and his friends pocket money to run errands. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 The earnings helped pay for his textbooks and gave him pocket money to start riding the bus to school. Sonia Paul, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 An immigration official welcomed Mr. Hasenfratz and gave him 5 Canadian dollars of pocket money. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 Chieng, 36, followed with a discussion about red pocket money or hóngbāo, a tradition where children and unmarried young adults receive red envelopes filled with cash from older family members. Tara Massouleh Mccay, PEOPLE.com, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pocket money was in 1625

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“Pocket money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20money. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pocket money

noun

: money for small personal expenses

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