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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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 classic literature ?
He laid the washing-book on the table, and taking out his penknife, began to trim his nails.
We have done no more than exchange greetings on meeting or parting, borrow one another's penknife if we needed one, and, in short, observe such bare civilities as convention demands.
Our hero had his penknife in his hand, which he had drawn for the before-mentioned purpose of carving on the bark; when the girl coming near him, cryed out with a smile, "You don't intend to kill me, squire, I hope!"--"Why should you think I would kill you?" answered Jones.
They couldn't find no letters nor nothing on him; nothing but an old penknife in his pocket and the wishbone of a chicken wrapped up in a piece of paper, and some poetry.'
And so, under pretence of softening the previous outrage, of stroking and soothing me into placidity, you stick a sly penknife under my ear!
'Edmund,' said Mrs Sparkler, 'open (now, very carefully, I beg and beseech, for you are so very awkward) the mother of pearl box on my little table there, and give Mr Merdle the mother of pearl penknife.'
John Knightley came I think the very evening.Do not you remember his cutting his finger with your new penknife, and your recommending courtplaister?
Sometimes I give them to the cat; sometimes I cut them in pieces with my penknife; but the next, I mean to roast alive.'
As he said this, he took a penknife from his pocket, and putting his hat upon his knee, began to busy himself in ripping off the blue cockade which he had worn all day; at the same time humming a psalm tune which had been very popular in the morning, and dwelling on it with a gentle regret.
'You may cut the piece out with your penknife if you like, Tom.
As the schoolmaster said this, he saw that a small blot of ink had been thrown on one of the copies, so he took a penknife from his pocket, and going up to the wall, carefully scraped it out.
"You would have been disposed of for so many shillings according to the market price of the article, and Dunstable the butcher would have come up to you as you lay in your straw, and he would have whipped you under his left arm, and with his right he would have tucked up his frock to get a penknife from out of his waistcoat-pocket, and he would have shed your blood and had your life.