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pen·knife

 (pĕn′nīf′)
n.
A small pocketknife.

[So called because it was originally used for cutting quill pens.]
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penknife

(ˈpɛnˌnaɪf)
n, pl -knives
(Tools) a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle; pocketknife
[C15: so called because it was originally used for making and repairing quill pens]
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pen•knife

(ˈpɛnˌnaɪf)

n., pl. -knives.
a small pocketknife, formerly one used for making and sharpening quill pens.
[1400–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penknife - a small pocketknifepenknife - a small pocketknife; originally used to cut quill pens
pocket knife, pocketknife - a knife with a blade that folds into the handle; suitable for carrying in the pocket
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Translations
kapesní nůž
lommekniv
kynäveitsi
džepni nož
ペンナイフ
펜나이프
žepni nož
fickkniv
มีดเล็กที่พับได้
dao nhíp

penknife

[ˈpennaɪf] N (penknives (pl)) → navaja f, cortaplumas m inv
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

penknife

[ˈpɛnnaɪf] ncanif m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

penknife

nTaschenmesser nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

penknife

[ˈpɛnˌnaɪf] n (-knives (pl)) [ˈpɛnˌnaɪvz]temperino
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

penknife

مِطْوَاةٌ kapesní nůž lommekniv Taschenmesser σουγιάς navaja kynäveitsi canif džepni nož temperino ペンナイフ 펜나이프 zakmes lommekniv scyzoryk canivete перочинный нож fickkniv มีดเล็กที่พับได้ çakı dao nhíp 小刀
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
References in periodicals archive ?
BACK in the late 60s and early 70s I often carried a pen knife as I then worked in the mill and we used them for cutting bales open or weft off machine rolls.
The man, accused of pulling a pen knife on two police officers the night before his appearance at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, declined an invitation to have his case heard by another sheriff and was promptly sent down by his chauffeur.
But he admitted two charges of possessing a pen knife as an offensive weapon at the Colwyn Bay school.
He admitted another charge of "conducting himself in a disorderly manner" at several properties in the city on November 9 1999 and causing his partner "fear and distress" by carrying a pen knife "in a way that it was visible to her".
"Then he said to me, 'Listen to me very carefully, I've a pen knife in my left pocket and if you don't open that till I'll gut you like a fish' or something along those lines.
A second man produced a greenhandled pen knife with a four-inch silver blade and threatened to stab the woman, before reaching inside the car trying to drag her out.
The only way that would happen is if they handed in their pen knife because they had replaced it with a machete, or they handed in their hand gun as they had now replaced it with an automatic machine gun.
The thugs assaulted him with a pen knife and stole his Sh7,000," Kosgey said by phone on Sunday.
Merseyside Police received a report on Monday, at around 1.40pm, that a pen knife had been taken into Corinthian Primary School, in Old Swan.
"Police were called following the report of a customer being in possession of what was described as a small pen knife," said Lynne Dalton, prosecuting.
It might not be as extreme as the time Bear Grylls drank his own urine out of a snake (I'm not even joking), but gone are the high heels, nail file and central heating - replaced by hiking boots, some camouflage gear, a pen knife I picked up from my local Wilko and a good campfire.