an old Scottish bullion coin, originally worth about three halfpence of English coin, later sixpence.
anything of little value.
If Sam Houston’s worth one bawbee, he’ll stand here and give ’em a fight.
American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
Mr. bawbee being a shrewd, hard-headed Scot, had an opinion of his own.
Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
It doesna make a bawbee’s difference in Thora’s liking for Jack’s lass.
The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
Well, if you are only going after trinkets, I wouldn’t give a ‘bawbee’ for that kind of fun.
Our Little Scotch Cousin Blanche McManus
She seemed to me to have spent all her days behind a counter, smirking thankfulness to bawbee customers.
The Ayrshire Legatees John Galt
As for the wages they got, they were that sma’, folks used to toss up a bawbee to see whether they wad keep a servant or a canary.
Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
Now that I am going the way of all flesh, I have gi’en you every bawbee I have.
Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
But it’s a verra curious thing to me, and I don’t care a bawbee about the sound.
Boy Scouts: Tenderfoot Squad Alan Douglas
They couldna imagine a bawbee or a kind word to anybody but themsel’s.
A Reconstructed Marriage Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The kist and its contents will be sold for a guinea and not a bawbee less.
The Mystery of the Sea Bram Stoker
a former Scottish silver coin
(Scot) an informal word for halfpenny (sense 2)
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(used familiarly) a fine fellow. Historical Examples The two names bawcock and Meacock had once a special significance. The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley noun (archaic) a fine fellow
a woman who maintains a brothel; madam. a prostitute. Archaic. a procuress. Historical Examples What can be more inconsistent than to see a bawd at the sign of the Angel, or a tailor at the Lion? The History of Signboards Jacob Larwood What, have I been bawd to his designs, his property only, a baiting […]
indecent; lewd; obscene: another of his bawdy stories. coarse or indecent talk or writing; bawdry; bawdiness: a collection of Elizabethan bawdy. Contemporary Examples Note the bawdy pun in the first example, by which the speaker implies that she came last night. Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women Daniel Bosch April 5, […]