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tuppenny (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, Australia, becoming old-fashioned) Literally, worth tuppence (two pence); of little value or status.
    • Pop Goes the Weasel, a well-known English nursery rhyme
      Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
      Half a pound of treacle.
      That’s the way the money goes,
      Pop! goes the weasel.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XI, p. 184, [1]
      Then they went off to prepare for the journey [] , Peter filling his six-penny pipe with tuppenny tobacco.


tuppenny (plural tuppennies)

  1. (Britain, dated) A coin or stamp worth two pence.
  2. (Britain, dated, juvenile) In the children's game of leapfrog, the head (perhaps named from a tuppenny loaf).
    • W. S. Gilbert, The Gondoliers
      A Lord High Chancellor is a personage of great dignity, who should never, under any circumstances, place himself in the position of being told to tuck in his tuppenny, except by noblemen of his own rank.

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