tenpenny nail

noun

: a nail three inches (7.6 centimeters) long

Word History

Etymology

from its original price per hundred

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenpenny nail was in the 15th century

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“Tenpenny nail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenpenny%20nail. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tenpenny nail

noun
ten·​pen·​ny nail
ten-ˌpen-ē-
: a nail three inches (about 7.6 centimeters) long
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