One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Valued at or costing ninepence.
2Designating alternative names for the game of nine men's morris, as "ninepenny marl", "ninepenny miracle", "ninepenny morris".
Something costing or worth ninepence. rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Lithgow (1582–c1645), traveller. From nine + penny.
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