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See also: Penny
- (historical) In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
- In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1/100 of a pound sterling.
- (historical) In Ireland, a coin worth 1/100 of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.
- In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth 1/100 of a dollar. Abbreviation: ¢.
- In various countries, a small-denomination copper or brass coin.
- A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.
- Money in general.
- to turn an honest penny
- What penny hath Rome borne, / What men provided, what munition sent?
The plural pence is used as a unit of currency. The plural is pennies is used for other cases, in particular when referring to multiple individual coins.
- (1/240 of a pound sterling): old penny
- (1/100 of a pound sterling): new penny (old-fashioned)
- (one-cent coin): cent
Terms derived from penny (noun)
1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound
1/100 of a pound sterling or British pound
one-cent coin in US and Canada See cent
- (slang) To jam a door shut by inserting pennies between the doorframe and the door.
- Zach and Ben had only been at college for a week when their door was pennied by the girls down the hall.
- (electronics) 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.
Borrowed from English
penny m (plural pennys)