penknife

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noun pen·knife \ˈpen-ˌnīf\

Definition of penknife

  1. :  a small pocketknife usually with only one blade

Origin and Etymology of penknife

Middle English; from its original use for mending quill pens


First Known Use: 15th century


PENKNIFE Defined for English Language Learners

penknife

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noun pen·knife \ˈpen-ˌnīf\

Definition of penknife for English Language Learners

  • : a small knife with a folding blade


PENKNIFE Defined for Kids

penknife

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noun pen·knife \ˈpen-ˌnīf\

Definition of penknife for Students

plural

penknives

\-ˌnīvz\
  1. :  a small jackknife


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