Definition of Twopenny-halfpenny
1. Adjective. Of trifling worth.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Twopenny-halfpenny
twopenny-halfpenny (current term)
Literary usage of Twopenny-halfpenny
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Miscellanies by William Makepeace Thackeray (1877)
"... for a man in life than to be a cock of small society. It prevents his ideas from growing : it renders him intolerably conceited. A twopenny halfpenny ..."
2. The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"A twopenny-halfpenny fellow, a not uncommon expression of contempt. Twopenny-hops, low dancing rooms, the price of admission to which was formerly twopence. ..."
3. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1879)
"The Member for Glasgow, by the way, in opposing tiie vote of thanks, described the Afghan campaign as a " twopenny-halfpenny affair. ..."