noun, plural penknives.
a small pocketknife, formerly one used for making and sharpening quill .
noun (pl) -knives
a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle; pocketknife
early 15c., from pen (n.1) + knife (n.). So called because such small knives were used to sharpen quills.
[pen-lahyt] /ˈpɛnˌlaɪt/ noun 1. a flashlight similar in size and shape to a .
[pen-muh n] /ˈpɛn mən/ noun, plural penmen. 1. a person who writes or copies; scribe; copyist. 2. an expert in . 3. a writer or author. /ˈpɛnmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a person skilled in handwriting 2. a person who writes by hand in a specified way: a bad penman 3. an author n. 1610s, […]
[pen-muh n-ship] /ˈpɛn mənˌʃɪp/ noun 1. the art of handwriting; the use of the pen in writing. 2. a person’s style or manner of handwriting: clear penmanship; poor penmanship. /ˈpɛnmənʃɪp/ noun 1. style or technique of writing by hand Also called calligraphy n. 1690s, from obsolete penman “copyist, clerk, scrivener” + -ship.
[pen-uh] /ˈpɛn ə/ noun, plural pennae [pen-ee] /ˈpɛn i/ (Show IPA). Ornithology. 1. a contour feather, as distinguished from a down feather, plume, etc. 1. . /ˈpɛnə/ noun (pl) -nae (-niː) 1. (ornithol) any large feather that has a vane and forms part of the main plumage of a bird abbreviation 1. Pennsylvania Pennsylvania