pen up

Definition of pen up

:to put or keep (a person or animal) in an enclosed area
  • Several dogs were penned up behind the house.
  • The men were penned up on the ship for months.

Word by Word Definitions

pen play
  1. : to shut in or as if in a pen

  1. : a small enclosure for animals

  2. : the animals in a pen

  3. : a small place of confinement or storage

  1. : an implement for writing or drawing with ink or a similar fluid: such as

  2. : quill

  3. : pen point

  1. : write, indite

  1. : a female swan

  1. : penitentiary

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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