Definition of twopence in US English:



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

    • ‘In 1921 the average price of butterfat received was only one shilling and tuppence halfpenny a pound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flowers were also very scarce, narcissus and chrysanthemums being the chief varieties at twopence and threepence per bunch.’
    • ‘They do not expect us to pay tuppence for a penny bun, Mr Maitland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The admission to the ground was traditionally a penny, twopence if W. G. Grace was batting.’
    • ‘Will Crooks, a cooper living in extreme poverty in East London, once spent tuppence on a secondhand Iliad, and was dazzled.’
    • ‘Downstairs a front seat on the wooden benches cost fourpence and twopence at the rear.’
    • ‘That was probably the case 100 years ago in a linen mill when workers were paid tuppence ha'penny and had no rights.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Admission to the stadium cost sixpence (two-and-a-half modern pence) and programmes tuppence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal with negative A trivial sum; anything at all.
      ‘he didn't care twopence for her’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘A year ago I wouldn't have cared tuppence if he was ousted.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, none of that matters tuppence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't care twopence what other people think of it.’