fourpenny [fawr-pen-ee, -puh-nee, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- noting a nail 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.
- noting certain fine nails 1.375 inches (3.5 cm) long. Symbol: 4d
- 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
- British slang a blow, esp with the fist