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[ingk-wel] /ˈɪŋkˌwɛl/
a small container for ink.
Also called, especially British, inkpot
[ingk-pot] /ˈɪŋkˌpɒt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of inkwell
1870-75; ink + well2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Around him all was darkness, a darkness so deep and so black that for a moment he thought he had put his head into an inkwell.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • He dipped his pen in the inkwell and carefully made an entry in the ledger.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • A tiny spring behind the lock reveals one secret drawer, and another is hidden beneath the inkwell.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • When you jerk a piece of paper from under an inkwell, why does the inkwell stay still?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • His undergraduate students presented him with a silver loving-cup, the graduate students and assistants with an inkwell.

  • Then, as if thinking, Presby stared at the inkwell before him, and frowned.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • You enter in time to interrupt Mr. inkwell's declaration of love to Miss Ivory.

British Dictionary definitions for inkwell


a small container for pen ink, often let into the surface of a desk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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