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British English: /ˈpɛni/
American English: /ˈpɛni/

Translation of penny in Italian:


  • 1
    pl. pennies
    (small amount of money) it won't cost you a penny!
    non ti costerà niente!
    not a penny more!
    non un soldo di più!
    when he died she didn't get a penny
    quando è morto lei non ha ricevuto niente
    not to have a penny to one's name o two pennies to rub together
    essere al verde o non avere un soldo


a penny for your thoughts o for them a penny saved is a penny gained o earned

a pretty penny

una bella sommetta

in for a penny in for a pound

take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves

il risparmio comincia dal centesimo

the penny dropped

finalmente ci sei arrivato

they are two o ten a penny

to be penny wise pound foolish

= essere oculato nelle piccole spese ma non in quelle grandi

to earn o turn an honest penny

guadagnarsi one-stamente da vivere

to spend a penny

(British English) [informal] [euphemistic]
andare al gabinetto o fare un po' d'acqua

to turn up like a bad penny

saltar fuori di continuo, essere come il prezzemolo
Although the plural form of penny is pence for a specific sum of money ( 10 pence, 24 pence) and pennies for the coins as objects ( a bag of pennies), in Italian the invariable loanword penny is used: 10 penny, 24 penny, una borsa di penny. Alternatively, the equivalent centesimo (plural form centesimi) may be used
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