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A 2005 US penny
See also Penny

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old English penning, pennig possibly from Proto-Germanic *panningaz.

Noun

penny (plural: pennies when referring to individual coins; (UK) pence when referring to an amount of money)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
  2. In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1/100 of a pound sterling; also formerly in Ireland, a coin worth 1/100 of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.
  3. In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth 1/100 of a dollar. Abbreviation: ¢.
  4. In various countries, a small denomination copper or brass coin.
  5. A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.

Synonyms

  • (1/240 of a pound sterling): old penny
  • (1/100 of a pound sterling): new penny (old-fashioned)
  • (one-cent coin): cent

Translations

one-cent coin in US and Canada See cent

Derived terms

Verb

Infinitive
to penny

Third person singular
pennies

Simple past
pennied

Past participle
-

Present participle
pennying

to penny (third-person singular simple present pennies, present participle pennying, simple past and past participle pennied)
  1. (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.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.

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