- penny ► NOUN (pl. pennies (for separate coins); pence (for a sum of money)) 1) a British bronze coin worth one hundredth of a pound. 2) a former British coin worth one twelfth of a shilling and 240th of a pound. 3) N. Amer. informal a one-cent coin.● a bad penny always turns up — Cf. ↑a bad penny always turns up● in for a penny, in for a pound — Cf. ↑in for a penny, in for a pound● look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves — Cf. ↑look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves● not a penny — Cf. ↑not a penny● pennies from heaven — Cf. ↑pennies from heaven● the penny dropped — Cf. ↑the penny dropped● penny wise and pound foolish — Cf. ↑penny wise and pound foolish● two (or ten) a penny — Cf. ↑two a pennyORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.