Definition of ninepence in English:

ninepence

noun

  • 1The sum or value of nine pence, especially in British currency before decimalization.

  • 2"as neat (also nice, right,etc.) as ninepence": (of an action) neat or brisk; (of a person or thing): tidy, healthy, well-ordered.

  • 3British informal"ninepence in (also to) the shilling": below average, especially in intelligence; mentally slow. Also as noun: a person of low intelligence.

Origin

Early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From nine + pence.

Pronunciation

ninepence

/ˈnʌɪnpəns/