Definition of Penknife

1. Noun. A small pocketknife; originally used to cut quill pens.

Generic synonyms: Pocket Knife, Pocketknife



Definition of Penknife

1. n. A small pocketknife; formerly, a knife used for making and mending quill pens.

Definition of Penknife

1. Noun. A small pocketknife; a small knife with a blade which folds into the hand. Penknives often incorporate other tools such as corkscrews, and are generally smaller than pocketknives as a group. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Penknife

1. a small pocketknife [n -KNIVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Penknife

penitencers
penitences
penitencies
penitency
penitent
penitential
penitentially
penitentials
penitentiaries
penitentiary
penitentiaryship
penitently
penitents
penk
penknife (current term)
penknives
penks
penkvilksite
penless
penlight
penlights
penlike
penlite
penlites
penmaker
penmakers
penmaking
penman
penmanship

Literary usage of Penknife

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1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Samuel Johnson (1810)
"Ho drew hi$ penknife, And made a sad widow of Jonathan's wife. ... Now Blue ?kin's sharp penknife hath set you at ease, And every man round me may rob, ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"It is cut across the middle, the necessary holes are bored in it for the tubes, and a conical cavity is cut into each half with a sharp penknife, ..."

3. History, Directory & Gazeteer, of the County of York: With Select Lists of by Edward Baines (1822)
"Park * penknife cutler, Little Sheffield 5, M.irket street Berrisford ... 3, Sims croft Bishop Joseph, penknife manufacturer, 43, Solly street Bishop Joshua ..."

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