- IPA(key): /ˈpɛ.ni/
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- Rhymes: -ɛni
- (in compounds like "twopenny", dated) IPA(key): /pəni/
- (historical) In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1⁄240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
- 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., 55 Fifth Avenue, , OCLC 2666860, page 0056:
- Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
- In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1⁄100 of a pound sterling. Abbreviation: p.
- (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
- William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
- What penny hath Rome borne, / What men provided, what munition sent?
Compounds (twopence, threepence, fourpence and so on up to tenpence, but not eleven pence or any higher) should be read with the stress on the first syllable and a reduced /ə/ in pence. Thus /ˈtʌpəns/, /ˈθɹʌpəns/, /ˈfɔːpəns/ and so on.
- (1⁄240 of a pound sterling): old penny
- (1⁄100 of a pound sterling): new penny (old-fashioned)
- (one-cent coin): cent
- a bad penny always turns up
- bad penny
- eightpenny nail
- fourpenny nail
- in for a penny, in for a pound
- penny ante
- penny arcade
- Penny Black
- penny dreadful
- penny for one's thoughts
- (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)
- “penny” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).