Definition of penny-farthing in English:

penny-farthing

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noun

historical
An early type of bicycle, made in Britain, with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel.
More example sentences
  • He takes us from the French pushbike or draisine of 1816 through boneshakers and penny-farthings to the English velocipedes and the Humbers of the 1880s.
  • British cyclists likened the disparity in size of the two wheels to their coinage, nicknaming it the penny-farthing.
  • The present-day style of bicycle was rapidly replacing their penny-farthing bicycle during the 1890s.

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