Meaning of PENNY in English


/ ˈpeni; NAmE / noun ( pl. pen·nies or pence )

HELP NOTE : In senses 1 and 2, pennies is used to refer to the coins, and pence to refer to an amount of money. In sense 3, the plural is pennies .


( abbr. p ) a small British coin and unit of money. There are 100 pence in one pound (£1) :

He had a few pennies in his pocket.

That will be 45 pence, please.

They cost 20p each.


( abbr. d ) a British coin in use until 1971. There were twelve pennies in one shilling .


( NAmE ) a cent


- every penny

- in for a penny, in for a pound

- not a penny

- the penny drops

- a penny for your thoughts | a penny for them

- turn up like a bad penny

- two / ten a penny

—more at pinch verb , pretty adjective , spend verb



Old English penig , penning of Germanic origin; related to Dutch penning , German Pfennig , perhaps also to the verb pawn and (with reference to shape) pan .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.