Definition of "pennyworth" [pen•ny•worth]

  • As much as a penny will buy. (noun)
  • A small amount; a modicum. (noun)
  • A bargain: got my pennyworth at that price. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pennyworth" in a sentence
  • "The 31-year-old had three months earlier bought a "pennyworth" of arsenic from a local chemist explaining that she wanted it to "kill bugs.""
  • ""His life -- the highwayman's -- has, generally, the most mirth and the least care in it of any man's breathing, and all he deals for is clear profit: he has that point of good conscience, that he always sells as he buys, a good pennyworth, which is something rare, since he trades with so small a stock."
  • ""pennyworth," occurs as the rendering of the Roman denarius."