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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj catchpenny designed to sell quickly without concern for quality "catchpenny ornaments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Catchpenny Made or contrived for getting small sums of money from the ignorant or unwary; as, a catchpenny book; a catchpenny show.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catchpenny Something of little value, adapted to attract popular attention and thus secure a quick sale; anything externally attractive, made merely to sell.
    • catchpenny Made or got up to gain money; put forth merely to sell: as, a catchpenny pamphlet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Catchpenny any worthless thing, esp. a publication, intended merely to gain money—also adj.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From O. Fr. cachier—Late L. captiāre for captāre, inten. of capĕre, to take. See Chase.


In literature:

It is the catchpenny politics that has been the curse of our country.
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
This is no catchpenny affair, but a valuable lexicon.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various
This is no catchpenny affair, but a valuable lexicon.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various