Definition of penny plain in English:

penny plain

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adjective

British
  • Plain and simple: a penny plain version that takes away some of the character from the piece

Origin

mid 19th century: with reference to prints of characters sold for toy theatres, costing one penny for black-and-white ones, and two pennies for coloured ones.

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