pocketknife

noun
pock·​et·​knife | \ ˈpä-kət-ˌnīf How to pronounce pocketknife (audio) \

Definition of pocketknife

: a knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle and that can be carried in the pocket

Examples of pocketknife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This new pocketknife from Benchmade may be the perfect expression of an EDC knife. Field & Stream, "Field Test: The Best New Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Year," 15 May 2020 The pocketknife was still in the collection at his death, 80 years later. Michael Astor, New York Times, "Ricardo Brennand, Brazilian Entrepreneur and Collector, Dies at 92," 29 Apr. 2020 Folding Allen wrenches come in a convenient, compact housing that’s similar to a pocketknife. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use an Allen Wrench Like a Pro," 25 Apr. 2020 Field dressing big game really doesn’t require anything more than a sharp pocketknife. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Tools You Need to Process Game Meat," 3 Jan. 2020 Her father gave her a pocketknife, and her boyfriend gave her a bigger knife to carry in her purse. Brian Merchant, Harper's magazine, "Click Here to Kill," 31 Dec. 2019 The officer, concerned the man might have a pocketknife, drew his weapon and ordered the man to the ground. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Wanted man runs from, wrestles with police in Brook Park," 28 Dec. 2019 One of them is slicing the whitish melon with a pocketknife. Emilio Fraia, The New Yorker, "Sevastopol," 9 Dec. 2019 Bullock grabbed a pocketknife and started cutting into the canvas. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Stories of devastating loss and heroism emerged from the B-17 bomber crash at Bradley International Airport," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pocketknife

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Pocketknife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocketknife. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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pocketknife

noun
How to pronounce pocketknife (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pocketknife

: a small knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle

pocketknife

noun
pock·​et·​knife | \ ˈpä-kət-ˌnīf How to pronounce pocketknife (audio) \
plural pocketknives\ -​ˌnīvz \

Kids Definition of pocketknife

: a small knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle

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