pock·​et·​knife ˈpä-kət-ˌnīf How to pronounce pocketknife (audio)
: a knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle and that can be carried in the pocket

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web A few nights ago, Amersi, who has long worked overnight, arrived at about 2 a.m., and a man who was sleeping outside took out a pocketknife and threatened him. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2022 His brother called the police in the early morning hours when Burks came to the house again with a pocketknife. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Early in the morning of October 2, Burks’ brother called 911 after the 20-year-old came to the family residence with a pocketknife, the suit said. Michelle Watson, CNN, 1 Nov. 2022 The Berea man said the Warren man was holding a small pocketknife in his hand. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 30 June 2022 The children went inside the tent, the husband grabbed his pocketknife and the wife called the sheriff. Zach Tuggle, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 During booking, the mother, 31, whose name was not released, was found to have a pocketknife with a blade of more than 2.5 inches, the district attorney’s office said. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2022 When one of the owners, Danny Choi, tried to stop him, Casiquito flashed a small pocketknife. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 19 July 2022 Zinkevych sent Anastasia to an annex of the monastery where she was issued a combat uniform, body armor, gloves, long underwear, thermal socks, a headlamp, a pocketknife, and a sleeping bag. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pocketknife was in 1676

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“Pocketknife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocketknife. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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pock·​et·​knife ˈpäk-ət-ˌnīf How to pronounce pocketknife (audio)
: a knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle and that can be carried in the pocket
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