from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the United States and Canada, the coin that is worth one cent.
- n. A coin used in Great Britain since 1971, worth 1/100 of a pound. Also called new penny.
- n. A coin formerly used in Great Britain, worth 1/12 of a shilling or 1/240 of a pound.
- n. A coin formerly used in the Republic of Ireland, worth 1/100 of a pound.
- n. A coin used in various dependent territories of the United Kingdom.
- n. Any of various coins of small denomination.
- n. A sum of money.
- n. One of a set of colored, usually sleeveless shirts worn as a temporary team uniform, as when scrimmaging.
- idiom pretty penny A considerable sum of money: I paid a pretty penny for that ring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
- n. In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1/100 of a pound sterling.
- n. In Ireland, a coin worth 1/100 of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.
- n. In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth 1/100 of a dollar. Abbreviation: ¢.
- n. In various countries, a small denomination copper or brass coin.
- n. A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.
- v. To jam a door shut by inserting pennies between the doorframe and the door.
- v. To circumvent the tripping of an electrical circuit breaker by the dangerous practice of inserting a coin in place of a fuse in a fuse socket.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Denoting the weight in pounds for one thousand; -- used in combination, with respect to nails.
- n. A former English coin, originally of copper, then of bronze, the twelfth part of an English shilling in account value, and equal to four farthings, or about two cents; -- usually indicated by the abbreviation d. (the initial of denarius).
- n. Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver.
- n. Money, in general.
- n. See Denarius.
- adj. Worth or costing one penny.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin weighing 22 ½ grains, or the 240th part of a Tower pound.
- n. In Great Britain, a copper (since 1860 bronze) token coin, of which twelve are equal to a shilling and 240 to a pound sterling.
- n. In the United States, a cent.
- n. An insignificant coin or value; a small sum.
- n. Money in general: as, it cost a pretty penny (a good round sum); to turn an honest penny.
- n. Pound: only in composition, in the phrases fourpenny, sixpenny, eightpenny, tenpenny nails, designating nails of such sizes that 1,000 will weigh 4, 6, 8, or 10 pounds.
- n. In archery, a measure of weight for arrows, equal to one twelfth of the weight of a new (British) silver shilling: as, a 4s. 6d. arrow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
- n. a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound
Middle English, an English coin, from Old English penig.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English penning, penniġ, from Proto-Germanic *panningaz, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)