Definition of halfpennyworth in English:


Syllabification: half·pen·ny·worth
Pronunciation: /ˈhāpniˌwərTH, ˈhafˌpenē-
(also ha'p'orth)


  • 1As much as could be bought for a halfpenny.
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    • Mary Ann Chapman threw a halfpenny on the table and said ‘Go and get a halfpennyworth of soap.’
    • I then carried home my provision, and eat some more cheese with the other roll, and a halfpennyworth of apples by way of relish, and took a drink of water.
    • ‘We never got a ha'porth's change of 'im’ - that is, we had to pay the full price for everything.
  • 1.1 [usually with negative] (ha'p'orth) • informal A negligible amount: he’s never been a ha’p'orth of bother
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    • The environment should not be sacrificed for a ha'p'orth.
    • If the House of Commons are absolutely determined to do this foolish thing, then what the Prime Minister says will not make a ha'p'orth of difference.
    • Political balance on the Employers' Organisation has shifted marginally in the Tories' favour, but ‘is not going to make a halfpennyworth of difference to negotiating positions’, says an official.

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