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NOUN (2)

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

2. a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit;
[syn: penny, cent, centime]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Penny \Pen*ny\, n.; pl. Penniesor Pence (p[e^]ns). Pennies denotes the number of coins; pence the amount of pennies in value. [OE. peni, AS. penig, pening, pending; akin to D. penning, OHG. pfenning, pfenting, G. pfennig, Icel. penningr; of uncertain origin.] 1. A former English coin, originally of copper, then 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). [1913 Webster] Note: "The chief Anglo-Saxon coin, and for a long period the only one, corresponded to the denarius of the Continent . . . [and was] called penny, denarius, or denier." --R. S. Poole. The ancient silver penny was worth about three pence sterling (see Pennyweight). The old Scotch penny was only one twelfth the value of the English coin. In the United States the word penny is popularly used for cent. [1913 Webster] 2. Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny. [1913 Webster] What penny hath Rome borne, What men provided, what munition sent? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Script.) See Denarius. [1913 Webster] Penny cress (Bot.), an annual herb of the Mustard family, having round, flat pods like silver pennies (Thlaspi arvense). Also spelled pennycress. --Dr. Prior. Penny dog (Zool.), a kind of shark found on the South coast of Britain: the tope. Penny pincher, Penny father, a penurious person; a miser; a niggard. The latter phrase is now obsolete. --Robinson (More's Utopia). Penny grass (Bot.), pennyroyal. [R.] Penny post, a post carrying a letter for a penny; also, a mail carrier. Penny wise, wise or prudent only in small matters; saving small sums while losing larger; penny-wise; -- used chiefly in the phrase, penny wise and pound foolish. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Penny \Pen"ny\ (p[e^]n"n[y^]), a. [Perh. a corruption of pun, for pound.] Denoting the weight in pounds for one thousand; -- used in combination, with respect to nails; as, tenpenny nails, nails of which one thousand weight ten pounds. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Penny \Pen"ny\, a. Worth or costing one penny; as, penny candy. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

penny n 1: a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound 2: a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit [syn: penny, cent, centime]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

77 Moby Thesaurus words for "penny": C, C-note, G, G-note, bawbee, buck, cartwheel, cent, century, copper, crown, dime, dollar, dollar bill, farthing, fifty cents, fin, fish, five cents, five hundred dollars, five-dollar bill, five-hundred-dollar bill, five-spot, fiver, florin, four bits, fourpence, fourpenny, frogskin, grand, groat, guinea, half G, half a C, half crown, half dollar, half grand, halfpenny, hundred-dollar bill, iron man, mag, meg, mill, mite, monkey, new pence, nickel, np, p, pence, pony, pound, quarter, quid, red cent, sawbuck, shilling, silver dollar, sixpence, skin, smacker, ten cents, ten-spot, tenner, thousand dollars, thousand-dollar bill, threepence, threepenny bit, thrippence, tuppence, twenty-dollar bill, twenty-five cents, two bits, two-dollar bill, two-spot, twopence, yard
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Penny (Gr. denarion), a silver coin of the value of about 7 1/2d. or 8d. of our present money. It is thus rendered in the New Testament, and is more frequently mentioned than any other coin (Matt. 18:28; 20:2, 9, 13; Mark 6:37; 14:5, etc.). It was the daily pay of a Roman soldier in the time of Christ. In the reign of Edward III. an English penny was a labourer's day's wages. This was the "tribute money" with reference to which our Lord said, "Whose image and superscription is this?" When they answered, "Caesar's," he replied, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's" (Matt. 22:19; Mark 12:15).