Guinea vs Farthing - What's the difference?

guinea | farthing |

As nouns the difference between guinea and farthing

is that guinea is (us|slang|pejorative|ethnic slur) a person of italian descent while farthing is (historical) former british unit of currency worth one-quarter of an old penny.



(wikipedia Guinea)

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Guinea.
  • (US, slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) Someone of Italian descent in the United States.
  • Derived terms

    * Equatorial Guinea * French Guinea * Guinea-Bissau * Guinean * New Guinea * Papua New Guinea * Portuguese Guinea * Spanish Guinea

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    (en noun)
  • (historical) Former British unit of currency worth one-quarter of an old penny.
  • *1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • *:"Nay, Heaven forbid, indeed," quoth Robin, "that I should take from such as thee, jolly fellow! Not so much as one farthing would I take from thee, for I love a fair Saxon face like thine right well—more especially when it cometh from Locksley Town, and most especially when the man that owneth it is to marry a bonny lass on Thursday next. But come, tell me for what price thou wilt sell me all of thy meat and thy horse and cart."
  • *1895 , Parliament of Western Australia, Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly VIII, page 163:
  • *:We must keep them to the fact that the duty is one and three quarter farthings , or nearly a half-penny in the pound and no more, and any one who tries to work it out any other way is not acting fairly in the matter.
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  • *:I had never defrauded a man of a farthing , nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
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