threepenny

adjective three·pen·ny \ ˈthre-p(ə-)nē , ˈthri- , ˈthrə- , US also ˈthrē-ˌpe-nē \

Definition of threepenny

1 : costing or worth threepence
2 : poor

First Known Use of threepenny

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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  • : worth three British pennies


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