Pronunciation: (hā'pu-nē, hāp'nē), [key]
—n., pl. half•pen•nies for 1; half•pencePronunciation: (hā'puns) [key] for 2;
1. a bronze coin of the United Kingdom, equal to half a penny: use phased out in 1984.
2. the sum of half a penny.
1. of the price or value of a halfpenny.
2. of little value; worthless: a halfpenny matter.
3. Brit. Informal.(of newspapers) sensational, esp. morbidly or offensively so.
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