penknife definition

  • noun:
    • A small pocketknife.
    • A small pocketknife; a little knife with a blade which folds into the hand. Penknives frequently incorporate other resources such corkscrews, and tend to be smaller than pocketknives as an organization.
    • a tiny pocketknife; previously, a knife useful for making and mending quill pens.
    • a little pocket-knife: so called from the previous use within making and mending quill pencils.
    • a small pocketknife; originally used to cut quill pencils

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