Fa'rthing. n.s. [ꝼoꞃðlinᵹ, Saxon, from ꝼoƿꞃ, four, that is the fourth part of a penny.]
- The fourth of a penny; the smallest English coin.
A farthing is the least denomination or fraction of money used in England. Cocker's Arithmetick.
Else all those things we toil so hard in,
Would not avail one single farthing. Prior.
- Copper money.
The parish find, 'tis true; but our church-wardens
Feed on the silver, and give us the farthings. Gay.
You are not obliged to take money not of gold or silver; not the halfpence or farthings of England. Swift.
- It is used sometimes in a sense hyperbolical: as, it is not worth a farthing; or proverbial.
His son builds on, and never is content,
'Till the last farthing is in structure spent. Dryden's Juven.