penknife

noun pen·knife \ ˈpen-ˌnīf \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of penknife

: a small pocketknife usually with only one blade

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Origin and Etymology of penknife

Middle English; from its original use for mending quill pens


PENKNIFE Defined for English Language Learners

penknife

noun

Definition of penknife for English Language Learners

  • : a small knife with a folding blade


PENKNIFE Defined for Kids

penknife

noun pen·knife \ ˈpen-ˌnīf \

Definition of penknife for Students

plural penknives \-ˌnīvz\
: a small jackknife

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