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1. The fourth of a penny; a small copper coin of Great Britain, being a cent in united states currency.

2. A very small quantity or value. In her cup was no farthing seen of grease. (Chaucer)

3. A division of hand. Thirty acres make a farthing land; nine farthings a Cornish acre; and four Cornish acres a knights fee. (R. Carew)

Origin: oe. Furthing, as. Feorung, fr. Feora fourth, feor, feower, four. See Four.