pen·​man ˈpen-mən How to pronounce penman (audio)
: a person with a specified quality or kind of handwriting
a poor penman
: author

Examples of penman in a Sentence

the prolific penman of dozens of horror stories an essay on Jacob Shallus, the penman who inked the United States Constitution
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Word History

First Known Use

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of penman was in 1539

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“Penman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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