threepenny

adjective
three·​pen·​ny | \ ˈthre-p(ə-)nē How to pronounce threepenny (audio) , 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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“Threepenny.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/threepenny. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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threepenny

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English Language Learners Definition of threepenny

British, old-fashioned : worth three British pennies

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