penknife

noun
pen·​knife | \ˈpen-ˌnīf \

Definition of penknife 

: a small pocketknife usually with only one blade

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The boys were getting ready to board a bus to a game when two small penknives and a lighter were found in their gear. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Who is Karen Salmon? The state official behind the Verletta White decision," 2 May 2018 The tree was felled 400 or 500 years ago, but scraping away the surface with his penknife, Wohlleben found something astonishing: the stump was still green with chlorophyll. Diàna Markosian, Smithsonian, "Do Trees Talk to Each Other?," 22 Feb. 2018 Murray gave his approval, and Phipps began the painstaking process of excavating, starting with a brush and a penknife. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 29 July 2017 Murray gave his approval, and Phipps began the painstaking process of excavating, starting with a brush and a penknife. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 29 July 2017 Murray gave his approval, and Phipps began the painstaking process of excavating, starting with a brush and a penknife. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 29 July 2017 Murray gave his approval, and Phipps began the painstaking process of excavating, starting with a brush and a penknife. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 29 July 2017 One cold day, inspired by Prince's ability to run nimbly over a sheet of ice and snow without slipping, Sperry used a penknife to carve cuts into a rubber outsole that mimicked the grooves on his dog’s paws. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Did the Top-Sider Get Its Name?," 8 Aug. 2017 Murray gave his approval, and Phipps began the painstaking process of excavating, starting with a brush and a penknife. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of penknife

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penknife

Middle English; from its original use for mending quill pens

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The first known use of penknife was in 1922

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penknife

noun

English Language Learners Definition of penknife

: a small knife with a folding blade

penknife

noun
pen·​knife | \ˈpen-ˌnīf \
plural penknives\ -​ˌnīvz \

Kids Definition of penknife

: a small jackknife

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