Threepenny Three"pen*ny, a. Costing or worth three pence; hence, worth but little; poor; mean. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

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  • threepenny — [thrē′pen΄ē, thrip′ə nē] adj. 1. worth or costing threepence 2. of small worth; cheap 3. designating a size of nail: see PENNY …   English World dictionary

  • threepenny — /ˈθrɪpəni/ (say thripuhnee) adjective of the amount or value of threepence: a threepenny bit …   Australian English dictionary

  • threepenny — adj. Brit. costing three pence, esp. before decimalization. Phrases and idioms: threepenny bit hist. a former coin worth three old pence …   Useful english dictionary

  • threepenny — adjective Date: 15th century 1. costing or worth threepence 2. poor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • threepenny — /thrip euh nee, threp , thrup ; three pen ee/, adj. 1. of the amount or value of threepence. 2. of little worth. [1400 50; late ME; see THREE, PENNY] * * * …   Universalium

  • threepenny — adjective /ˈθɹʌpəni/ Having a value or cost of threepence …   Wiktionary

  • threepenny — [ θrʌp(ə)ni] adjective Brit. costing or worth three pence, especially before decimalization (1971) …   English new terms dictionary

  • threepenny — three·pen·ny …   English syllables

  • threepenny — three•pen•ny [[t]ˈθrɪp ə ni, ˈθrɛp , ˈθrʌp ; ˈθriˌpɛn i[/t]] adj. 1) of the amount or value of threepence 2) of little worth • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Threepenny Opera — Threepenny Op|e|ra, The (1928) an ↑opera with music by Kurt Weill and words by Bertolt Brecht, based on The Beggar s Opera (1728) by John ↑Gay …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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