Definition of catchpenny in English:



  • attributive Having a cheap superficial attractiveness designed to encourage quick sales.

    ‘the catchpenny world of commercial publishing’
    • ‘Indeed, by this time I'd gone off his work in a big way, largely because of his sonnets, which I thought were atrocious and boring, somewhat catchpenny.’
    • ‘Don't let your lip curl at the catchpenny title - the book contains much that would be of value to any writer.’
    • ‘‘She is an example of a well-known phenomenon of people who almost consciously write catchpenny entertainment they know is well beneath them,’ he said.’
    • ‘As I have remarked before, you should not be put off by the catchpenny title.’