To ask what other person is thinking, to know the mindset of others


  • The expression originated in the 16th century, when people began using this expression, the worth and value of penny was considerable and was more than it is today. So if you gave a penny to a person lost in thoughts or daydreaming, it was seemed as you would be offering him or her lot to get to know or inquire what other person is thinking or what actually is going on his or her mind, which simply means what are you thinking about?

Noticing Jim in a serious mood, all day in the class, Tom said a penny for your thoughts.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Penny for Your Thoughts':

penny for your thoughtsUsed to inquire into the thoughts and feelings of another, especially when the person appears pensive or conflicted.
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