noun British.

  1. a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.


  1. British an early type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a small rear wheel, the pedals being attached to the front wheelUS name: ordinary

adj.also penny farthing, penny-farthing, “ineffective,” 1887, from penny + farthing, the two together making but a small sum. The noun, in reference to the kind of bicycle with a small wheel in back and a big one in front (so called from the notion of different size coins) is first recorded 1927.

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