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A small container made of horn or a similar material, formerly used to hold ink for writing.
Affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic: inkhorn words.
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(Historical Terms) (formerly) a small portable container for ink, usually made from horn
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a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink.
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Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters:
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"All right," said Haley, his face beaming with delight; and pulling out an old inkhorn, he proceeded to fill out a bill of sale, which, in a few moments, he handed to the young man.
Critics, keen to preserve the Anglo-Saxon heritage, dubbed these "inkhorn" words - from an inkwell made of horn used by scribes.
Instead of construing the stage props as a literalization of an anal/sadistic snuff film, we might understand them as a literalization of writing implements: they are not just a horn, a table, and a red-hot rod as Holinshed catalogues, but rather an inkhorn, a writing desk, and a pen (quill or metal nib).
Inkhorn and Whittle (2001) suggest that women in the developing world live under the simultaneity of oppressive forces.
I submit that the shortest autological word is 'a' and the longest (excluding that inkhorn nonce-word hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian), floccinaucinihilipilification-the action or habit of estimating as worthless' [OED]"
Akron, OH, April 12, 2015 --( Inkhorn, a mobile game company located in Akron, has officially released its second game, Bulb Blast.
Following Ezekiel (9), the preacher was the man dressed in "white linen," which signified his "honest habits" and "good works." He carried an "inkhorn" filled with knowledge given by the Holy Spirit and marked a Tau on the foreheads of the faithful with the "ink of doctrine," which was applied with the "pen of the tongue" on the "parchment" of their hearts.
John the Divine writing, assisted by an eagle holding an inkhorn; Rowland Hall (mid-sixteenth century), whose mark was the half eagle and key; and Gerard Leeu, whose Dialogus Creaturarum was printed in more than a dozen editions in Latin or Dutch from 1480 into the first year of the sixteenth century at Gouda and Antwerp.
Not without Ovidian sympathies, Jonson exiles Ovid reluctantly, and his treatment of Crispinus reveals a similar ambivalence toward "inkhorn" terms, which included foreign words as well as naturalized Latin and Greek.
(O great God) who is able to write so unfortunate & miserable a case, but must let the Inkhorn rest and put the pen to his eyes?
Part I details the interaction between the studies undertaken by Nowell and Lambarde and their relation to contemporary debates about the nature of the language, particularly the inkhorn controversy.
That whole odyssey Then seems to him a tale that conjugates The factual with the fictive, and mandates No sifting of his true life-history From what Homeric scholarship notates As one part truth to nine mythology, And therefore not at all the cup of tea Of inkhorn types for whom that designates The grossest kind of impropriety.