One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An early type of bicycle with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel.Also called ordinary
- ‘He takes us from the French pushbike or draisine of 1816 through boneshakers and penny-farthings to the English velocipedes and the Humbers of the 1880s.’
- ‘In the 1860s a front-wheel-drive machine was manufactured - the bone-shaker - and in subsequent decades the front wheel became larger until the penny-farthing had developed.’
- ‘British cyclists likened the disparity in size of the two wheels to their coinage, nicknaming it the penny-farthing.’
- ‘The programme of sports included a popular penny-farthing race, which was won by a man from Bawtry for the third year in succession.’
- ‘The present-day style of bicycle was rapidly replacing their penny-farthing bicycle during the 1890s.’
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