What does penny mean?

Definitions for penny
ˈpɛn ipen·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. penny(noun)

    a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound

  2. penny, cent, centime(noun)

    a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit


  1. penny(Noun)

    In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  2. penny(Noun)

    In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1/100 of a pound sterling.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  3. penny(Noun)

    In Ireland, a coin worth 1/100 of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  4. penny(Noun)

    In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth 1/100 of a dollar. Abbreviation: u00A2.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  5. penny(Noun)

    In various countries, a small denomination copper or brass coin.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  6. penny(Noun)

    A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  7. penny(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  8. penny(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

  9. Penny(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the female given name Penelope.

    Etymology: From penning, pennig, from panningaz, of origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penny(adj)

    denoting pound weight for one thousand; -- used in combination, with respect to nails; as, tenpenny nails, nails of which one thousand weight ten pounds

    Etymology: [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.]

  2. Penny(noun)

    an English coin, formerly of copper, now 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)

    Etymology: [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.]

  3. Penny(noun)

    any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver

    Etymology: [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.]

  4. Penny(noun)

    money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny

    Etymology: [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.]

  5. Penny(noun)

    see Denarius

    Etymology: [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.]

  6. Penny(adj)

    worth or costing one penny

    Etymology: [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.]


  1. Penny

    A penny is a coin or a unit of currency used in several English-speaking countries. It is often the smallest denomination within a currency system.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penny

    pen′i, n. a copper coin (bronze since 1860), originally silver=112 of a shilling, or four farthings: a small sum: money in general: (N.T.) a silver coin=7½d.: pound, in fourpenny, sixpenny, tenpenny nails=four, six, ten pound weight to the thousand:—pl. Pennies (pen′iz), denoting the number of coins; Pence (pens), the amount of pennies in value.—adjs. Penn′ied, possessed of a penny; Penn′iless, without a penny: without money: poor.—ns. Penn′ilessness; Penn′y-a-lin′er, one who writes for a public journal at so much a line: a writer for pay; Penn′y-a-lin′erism, hack-writing; Penn′y-dog, the tope or miller's dog, a kind of shark; Penn′y-post, a means of carrying a letter for a penny; Penn′y-rent, income; Penn′yweight, twenty-four grains of troy weight (the weight of a silver penny); Penn′y-wis′dom, prudence in petty matters.—adj. Penn′y-wise, saving small sums at the risk of larger: niggardly on improper occasions.—ns. Penn′y-worth, a penny's worth of anything: the amount that can be given for a penny: a good bargain—also Penn′'orth (coll.); Pē′ter's-pence, the name given to an old tribute offered to the Roman Pontiff, now a voluntary contribution.—Penny fee (Scot.), a small wage; Penny gaff (slang), a low-class theatre; Penny mail (Scot.), rent in money, not in kind: a small sum paid to the superior of land; Penny wedding, a wedding ceremonial in Scotland, at which the invited guests made contributions in money to pay the general expenses.—A pretty penny, a considerable sum of money; Turn an honest penny, to earn money honestly. [A.S. penig, oldest form pending, where pend=Eng. pawn, Ger. pfand, Dut. pand, a pledge, all which are from L. pannus, a rag, a piece of cloth.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Penny

    originally a silver coin, weighed in the 7th century 1/240-th of a Saxon pound, but decreased in weight till in Elizabeth's time it was 1/63 of an ounce troy. It was at first indented with a cross so as to be broken for halfpennies and farthings, but silver coins of these denominations were coined by Edward I. Edward VI. stopped the farthings, and the halfpence were stopped in the Commonwealth. Copper coinage was established in 1672. The present coins were issued first in 1860. They are half the size of their predecessors, and intrinsically worth one-seventh of their nominal value.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Penny

    From the Danish pennig and German pfennig, a copper coin of full value. This was originally nicked across to admit of being broken into halves and quarters.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'penny' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2609

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'penny' in Nouns Frequency: #2336

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penny in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of penny in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Where there is a scope to make big money via a plan or scheme, the rich people can be seen in majority; when average, middle economic class majorly; if very small, then low middle class mainly; but wherever negligible or marginal penny only, the poor population largely.

  2. Commerce Minister Zhong Shan:

    Use every penny on vital things.

  3. Ben Carson:

    I'd say we hold all the cards there. I would say, I want those sailors back. And I want everybody that you're holding from us back right now or you're not getting a penny.

  4. Eric Burkett:

    This is our forever home, Eric Burkett said, holding back tears as Eric Burkett six year old son Lochlen patted his arm. There's a master bathroom that is completely accessible. There are adaptive showers so that Eric Burkett can bathe Eric Burkett and self-lowering shelves in the state-of-the-art kitchen, so that now Eric Burkett can cook again for Eric Burkett family. The idea of getting up and moving around freely without thinking about logistics. Should I use a chair ? Should I use crutches ? All that's gone, Eric Burkett said. Pointing to the wall of Eric Burkett new home outside Pittsburgh, this Marine has a few reminders from Flag Day that Eric Burkett life changed on a training mission in Morocco. That is actually of one of the prop rotors of the V-22 that crashed. On the back of that, I don't know how many Marines signed that, Eric Burkett said. The foundation started by actor Gary Sinise, best known for Gary Sinise role as Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, is trying to build 10 to 12 homes per year for severely injured veterans and first responders. It will hand over the keys to its 50th smart home this August. Donations from Home Depot, JC Penny, GE, Benjamin Moore and the Semper Fi Fund among others made Home Depot possible. Fox News first told the Burketts' story in 2014 while The Burketts ' and The Burketts ' family were recovering at Walter Reed. The Burketts ' and The Burketts ' wife were raising their four children at the time in a set of tiny rooms at the hospital. They have since given birth to twins, Nolynn and Roawyn, who are now 18 months old. A master archer, Eric Burkett began competing as a Paralympian in an effort to begin to heal after the crash. I hate shooting from a wheelchair. A lot of guys don't mind it because you're a little bit lower, you don't have to worry about this instability of your legs.

  5. Michelle Bega:

    We hope Penny Marshall life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
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