ninepence

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

nine +‎ pence

Noun[edit]

ninepence (plural ninepences)

  1. (obsolete, UK) A former British silver coin, worth nine old pennies.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      His wits were sent him for a token, \ But in the carriage crack'd and broken. \ Like commendation nine-pence, crookt \ With—to and from my love—it lookt.
  2. (obsolete, UK) Nine old pennies.
  3. (obsolete, New England) A Spanish real, valued at twelve and a half cents.

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