An early type of bicycle, made in Britain, with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel.
- 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.
Definition of penny-farthing in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.