Share this entry

Share this page

penny-farthing

Line breaks: penny-farthing

Definition of penny-farthing in English:

noun

historical
An early type of bicycle, made in Britain, with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel.
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.

Definition of penny-farthing in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure