inkhorn definition

  • noun:
    • A small container made of horn or an identical product, formerly regularly hold ink for writing.
    • a little lightweight container, usually made from horn, always carry ink.
    • Pedantic, obscurely scholarly.
    • A small bottle of horn or any other material formerly useful for holding ink; an inkstand; a portable situation for composing materials.
    • A portable case for ink and writing-instruments, made of a horn, or (usually) of wood or metal, previously in keeping use within Europe, and still in some parts of the East. See kalamdan.
    • In heraldry identify penner.
  • adjective:
    • Affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic: inkhorn words.
    • Learned; pedantic; affected.
  • others:
    • Pertaining to an inkhorn, or even a writer or pedant; bookish; pedantic.

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