put pen to paper

Definition of put pen to paper

:to begin writing
  • She had always dreamed of writing a novel, but she never actually put pen to paper.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

pen play
  1. : to shut in or as if in a pen

  1. : a small enclosure for animals

  2. : the animals in a pen

  3. : a small place of confinement or storage

  1. : an implement for writing or drawing with ink or a similar fluid: such as

  2. : quill

  3. : pen point

  1. : write, indite

  1. : a female swan

  1. : penitentiary

paper play
  1. : a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension

  2. : a similar sheet of other material (such as plastic)

  3. : a piece of paper

  1. : to put down or describe in writing

  2. : to fold or enclose in paper

  3. : to cover or line with paper

  1. : made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché

  2. : papery

  3. : of or relating to clerical work or written communication


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