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Etymology 1[edit]

Abbreviation of ha’p’orth, itself an abbreviation of halfpennyworth.


  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.pəθ/
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apeth (plural apeths)

  1. A halfpennyworth.
    • 2003, Jeanne Lawrence, A Glint of Black Stocking: The Royal Infirmary, iUniverse, page 162:
      “Oh Harry, it doesn't matter an 'apeth we're here to see Joni?' “Hello luv,” Dad walked in. “Hello Dad.” “Had a good week then?”
  2. (Northern England, informal) An affectionate term for a silly or foolish person.
    • 2003, Chris Brown, Of Ghosts and Faeries - A Firefighter's Tale, WritersPrintShop 2004, page 61:
      Oi, that water's not free, y'know. It has to be pumped up here yer daft ’apeth. It's not a bloody river.

Etymology 2[edit]

ape +‎ -eth




  1. (archaic) third-person singular simple present indicative form of ape
    • 1849, Proverbial Philosophy: A Book of Thoughts and Arguments, Wiley, page 50:
      Fashion, the parasite of Rank, apeth faults and failings, Until the general Taste depraved hath warped its sense of beauty.
    • 1885, Richard Francis Burton (translator), Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Kessinger Publishing (2003), page 155:
      I know that whoso apeth a stronger than he, wearieth himself and haply cometh to ruin.
    • 2000, Richard J Carr, Wyndedanse: A Royal Chronicle of 17th Century Siam, Xlibris Corporation, page 187:
      "The way you talk now, Richard, apeth the voice of the interloper."