Share this entry
twopence Line breaks: two|pence
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌp(ə)ns/
(also tuppence)

Definition of twopence in English:


1The sum of two pence, especially before decimalization (1971).
Example sentences
  • It finally opened in January 1863: the toll to cross was half a penny for foot passengers, a penny for animals and twopence for horse-drawn vehicles.
  • Admission to the stadium cost sixpence (two-and-a-half modern pence) and programmes tuppence.
  • My dad once found a book of my grandmother's, containing her grocery bills and everything was noted - a penny for this, tuppence for that.
1.1 [with negative] informal A trivial sum; anything at all: he didn’t care twopence for her
More example sentences
  • This is perverse and foolish, he told himself; if I wanted a wife, I could make choice of a dozen; yet here am I doting on Miss Aston, who seems not to care twopence for me!
  • I don't care twopence what other people think of it.
  • The government doesn't care tuppence about my patients.

Words that rhyme with twopence

comeuppance, tuppence
Definition of twopence in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources