noun au·to·pen \ˈȯ-tō-ˌpen\

Definition of autopen



  1. :  a device that mechanically reproduces a person's signature Today autograph collecting is a growing avocation, enlivened by a renewed interest in musical manuscripts and scores and a fad for the rather rare letters of show-business figures. It is complicated by the autopen, which allows public figures to sign dozens of documents at one time … — Jeffrey Simpson, Architectural Digest, December 1988 The machines sign letters at about the same pace as does the human hand. An autopen machine that automatically signs a stack of documents can spit out roughly 500 signatures an hour; those with manual document feeders, about 200 an hour. — Nancy Benac, Associated Press, 27 June 2011 Everyone knows senators don't sign the vast majority of their letters; an autopen does that. — Larry Pressler, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2000

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Origin and Etymology of autopen

1auto- + 3pen

First Known Use: 1940

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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