sixpenny nail
noun Date: 15th century a nail about two inches long

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  • sixpenny nail — noun a nail 2 inches long • Hypernyms: ↑nail * * * noun Etymology: Middle English sixpeny nail nail costing sixpence per hundred, from sixpeny sixpenny + nail : a nail about 2 inches long …   Useful english dictionary

  • nail — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fingernail, toenail, ungula; talon, claw; tack, brad, spoke; hobnail, clout; pin, peg. v. t. pin, fix; informal, capture, catch. See junction, restraint. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. brad, pin, peg, hob,… …   English dictionary for students

  • sixpenny — /siks pen ee, peuh nee/, adj. 1. of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence. 2. of trifling value; cheap; paltry. 3. noting a nail 2 in. (5 cm) long. Symbol: 6d [1400 50; late ME; see SIX, PENNY] * * * …   Universalium

  • sixpenny — six•pen•ny [[t]ˈsɪksˌpɛn i, pə ni[/t]] adj. 1) of the amount or value of sixpence; costing sixpence 2) of trifling value; cheap; paltry 3) bui noting a nail 2 in. (5 cm) long • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • sixpennynail — sixpenny nail n. A nail 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) long. * * * …   Universalium

  • -penny — [pen′ē, pə nē] combining form forming adjectives 1. costing a (specified) number of pennies 2. having a size designated as (a specified number) [a sixpenny nail is larger than a fourpenny nail, but the numbers in their designations do not specify …   Universalium

  • -penny — [pen′ē, pə nē] combining form forming adjectives 1. costing a (specified) number of pennies 2. having a size designated as (a specified number) [a sixpenny nail is larger than a fourpenny nail, but the numbers in their designations do not specify …   English World dictionary

  • -penny — ( d)    an ending added to a number to indicate the size of a nail, as in sixpenny (6d) nail or tenpenny nail. It s not clear exactly how this terminology began, although the usual guess is that tenpenny nails originally cost ten pence per… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • George Herbert Hirst — Infobox Historic Cricketer nationality = English country = England country abbrev = Eng name = George Herbert Hirst picture = George Herbert Hirst.jpg batting style = Right handed batsman (RHB) bowling style = Left arm medium fast (LMF) tests =… …   Wikipedia

  • -penny — bui a combining form for adjectives denoting nail sizes: sixpenny; eightpenny. Abbr.: d …   From formal English to slang

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