Definition of bawbee in English:


Line breaks: baw¦bee
Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːbiː


  • 1A coin of low value.
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    • In any given year only some contracts are up for renewal come the end of May, and a minority of players may resist moving on to an incentive-based pay plan while colleagues continue to earn their bawbees just for showing face.
    • I supported the party loyally for 35 years, often representing it in elections and, even more often, giving it my bawbees, both at local and national level.
    • It believes the bawbees can be put to better use.
  • 1.1A former silver coin worth three (later six) Scottish pennies.
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    • I'll wager a silver bawbee that my horse can outrun yours to the MacBaron borders.
    • So, beating down Bell from his upset price of fourpence to six bawbees, I pushed the treasure carelessly in my pocket, and never stopped till I was in a lonely place by Tyne-side and secure from observation.


mid 16th century: from the name of the laird of Sillebawby, mint master under James V.

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