fourpenny [fawr-pen-ee, -puh-nee, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. Carpentry.
    1. noting a nail 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.
    2. noting certain fine nails 1.375 inches (3.5 cm) long. Symbol: 4d
  2. British. of the amount or value of fourpence.

Origin of fourpenny 1375–1425; late Middle English. See four, penny Examples from the Web for fourpenny Historical Examples of fourpenny

  • How does that agree with a fourpenny tax on a four-pound loaf of bread?

    Through South Africa

    Henry M. Stanley

  • Not quite a sixpence, but the next thing to it—a fourpenny piece.

    A Little Princess

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • After supper, he consoled himself with a pint of fourpenny ale.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, November 20, 1841


  • I’ve been hunting you the way O’Mulligan’s pup hunted the fourpenny bit through the bonfire.

    Sporting Society, Vol. I (of 2)


  • The writing materials consisted of a vaseline bottle (fourpenny size) full of ink, and two weary pieces of blotting-paper.

    From One Generation to Another

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • British Dictionary definitions for fourpenny fourpenny adjective fourpenny one

    1. British slang a blow, esp with the fist

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