Definition of pin money in English:

pin money


  • 1A small sum of money for spending on inessentials.

    • ‘Have you lot been out buying it with your pin money?’
    • ‘You grab a wodge of petty cash - call it pin money or something - shove it in a brown envelope and drop it off to me.’
    • ‘At that time it was labour-intensive, with hundreds of local housewives down the generations recalling sewing buttons on cards for pin money, a process later overtaken by automation.’
    • ‘She has historically done odd jobs earning pin money and in all probability has no plans to work fulltime.’
    • ‘For pin money he could resume the motivational talks to elite groups of corporate moguls that he undertook between his gigs in Chicago and Los Angeles.’
    • ‘I'll leave my wife some pin money to buy those little extras she'll want to splurge for at the assisted-living facility.’
    • ‘Its pin money for the trip to New York.’
    • ‘When they moved out, shame-free Adrienne started making inquiries about government compensation for her lost pin money.’
    • ‘‘Of course, the wage I pay the Indian workers is a great deal more than pin money to them, so that's a good thing,’ he says.’
    • ‘Of course, what is a significant sum to you and I might very well have been pin money to Jordan.’
    • ‘I'm hoping it'll generate enough pin money to be a self-financing hobby as I explore the field of English porcelain, that's all.’
    • ‘They're from a background where picking strawberries for pin money would be quite a cushy number so they don't mind doing it?’
    • ‘The women were able to make their pin money from eggs and chickens and milk.’
    • ‘My husband didn't like me to work full time, so I was cleaning banks and doctors' surgeries for pin money.’
    • ‘He resembled a character from a novel, earning pin money as a piano player in silent movie houses.’
    • ‘‘Well, naturally one thing led to another and we'd be betting up our pin money,’ Bob explained.’
    • ‘The fridge magnet idea makes it a fun thing to do, and is likely to yield a little extra pin money, too.’
    • ‘Consequently my mom always did little odd jobs to earn extra pin money, as they used to call it, for those extra special treats like soft serve ice cream from the Dairy Queen and piano lessons for the kids.’
    • ‘Far from ‘having it all’ - the career, the husband, the kids - it seems that working motherhood, for many women, means a part-time job, pin money and some activity outside the home.’
    • ‘All the literature seems very hard sell, but I don't want to be like that - I just need some pin money.’
    1. 1.1historical An allowance to a woman from her husband for clothing and other personal expenses.


Late 17th century: from pin in the sense decorative clasp for the hair or a garment + money.


pin money

/ˈpin ˌmənē/