Definition of twopence in English:



  • 1The sum of two pence, especially before decimalization (1971).

    • ‘I can recall, as a child, being in my uncle's car as we drove across town on some urgent mission, like buying some minor item in Brighton because it was tuppence cheaper, even though it wasn't Saturday.’
    • ‘A 1706 contract with a London clothing merchant to outfit sailors listed: ‘Leather caps faced with red cotton and lined with black-lined at the rate of one shilling and twopence each’.’
    • ‘Most almanacs sold for twopence each, the larger ones for sixpence - two and a half pence in today's money, but of course worth a very great deal more.’
    • ‘It finally opened in January 1863: the toll to cross was half a penny for foot passengers, a penny for animals and twopence for horse-drawn vehicles.’
    • ‘The billon coinage was discontinued after 1603, but twopence pieces in copper called hardheads, bodles, or turners continued to be issued until the Act of Union.’
    • ‘Admission to the stadium cost sixpence (two-and-a-half modern pence) and programmes tuppence.’
    • ‘Downstairs a front seat on the wooden benches cost fourpence and twopence at the rear.’
    • ‘The admission to the ground was traditionally a penny, twopence if W. G. Grace was batting.’
    • ‘At Michaelmas he must pay ten pence tax, and at Martinmas twenty-three sesters of barley and two hens; at Easter one young sheep or twopence.’
    • ‘That was probably the case 100 years ago in a linen mill when workers were paid tuppence ha'penny and had no rights.’
    • ‘My dad once found a book of my grandmother's, containing her grocery bills and everything was noted - a penny for this, tuppence for that.’
    • ‘In 1921 the average price of butterfat received was only one shilling and tuppence halfpenny a pound.’
    • ‘They do not expect us to pay tuppence for a penny bun, Mr Maitland.’
    • ‘Will Crooks, a cooper living in extreme poverty in East London, once spent tuppence on a secondhand Iliad, and was dazzled.’
    • ‘Flowers were also very scarce, narcissus and chrysanthemums being the chief varieties at twopence and threepence per bunch.’
    1. 1.1informal with negative A trivial sum; anything at all.
      ‘he didn't care twopence for her’
      • ‘I don't care twopence what other people think of it.’
      • ‘The government doesn't care tuppence about my patients.’
      • ‘This is perverse and foolish, he told himself; if I wanted a wife, I could make choice of a dozen; yet here am I doting on Miss Aston, who seems not to care twopence for me!’
      • ‘Unfortunately, none of that matters tuppence.’
      • ‘A year ago I wouldn't have cared tuppence if he was ousted.’
      • ‘I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest………’
      • ‘How can you be said to have a direct pecuniary interest in the outcome of proceedings if it does not matter tuppence to you, personally, who wins or loses.’