megapenny

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English[edit]

These pennies are only a small part of a megapenny, or a million pennies.

Etymology[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɛ.ɡəˌpɛ.ni/
  • Rhymes: -ɛni
  • Hyphenation: me‧ga‧pen‧ny
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Noun[edit]

megapenny (plural megapennies)

  1. (humorous) A million cents. ($10,000)
    • 1997, Gene Wirchenko, Re: New IEC proposal: 1 kibibyte = 1024 bytes, alt.folklore.computers (January 10, 1997):
      Or megapenny ($10,000) and nanoacre (for measuring chip sizes).
    • 2005, 'holatuwol', Forum post, forums.kingdomofloathing.com (February 19, 2005):
      If I could, there would probably be dozens of large software corporations banging on my door, offering 20 megapennies a year, company cars, ...
  2. (humorous) An indefinite amount of money, implied to be large.

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References[edit]

  • 1990, Eric S. Raymond, megapenny, Jargon File 2.2.1 (June 12, 1990)
    (meg'a-pen'ee) n. $10,000 (1 cent * 10e6). Used semi-humorously as a unit in comparing computer cost/performance figures.