penknife

[pen-nahyf] /ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/
noun, plural penknives.
1.
a small pocketknife, formerly one used for making and sharpening quill pens.
Origin
1400–50; late Middle English; see pen1, knife
Example Sentences for penknife
Also pack bird and animal identification books, binoculars, a penknife and camera equipment.
The trousers held a little penknife and some silver, and the side-pocket of his jacket contained an old crocodile-skin cigar-case.
Whereas if he had used a razor or a penknife, he had odds against himself of spoiling a whole sheet.
Tense and anxious, he always carried a penknife and smoked hashish and pot with great frequency.
Take a penknife and make a hole in the plaster on the wall.
Arms up, in the scanner, the penknife is pulled up to my armpit.
At last lie quietly pulled out his penknife ready too far.
At the city hall he was searched and an open penknife and a rock were te ken from his pants pocket.
British Dictionary definitions for penknife
penknife (ˈpɛnˌnaɪf)
 
n , pl -knives
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]

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Word Origin and History for penknife
penknife
early 15c., so called because such small knives were used to sharpen quills.
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