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Apr 13, 2018
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Words with odd pronunciations

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halfpenny

halfpenny
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with Anu Garg

halfpenny

PRONUNCIATION:
(HAY-puh-nee, HAP-nee)
plural halfpence (HAY-puhns)

MEANING:
noun:1. A British coin representing half a penny.
 2. A sum of half a penny.
adjective:1. Worth half a penny.
 2. Worth very little.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English halfpeny, from Old English h(e)alf + penig, penning. Earliest documented use: 1330.

USAGE:
“The Iraqis, by contrast, were led by a halfpenny Hitler.”
Gerald Parshall; The Diplomatists: Powell & Schwarzkopf; US News & World Report (Washington, DC); Mar 16, 1998.

See more usage examples of halfpenny in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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