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penman

[pen-muh n] /ˈpɛn mən/
noun, plural penmen.
1.
a person who writes or copies; scribe; copyist.
2.
an expert in penmanship.
3.
a writer or author.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; pen1 + -man
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British Dictionary definitions for penman

penman

/ˈpɛnmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person skilled in handwriting
2.
a person who writes by hand in a specified way: a bad penman
3.
an author
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Word Origin and History for penman
n.

1610s, "copyist, clerk, scrivener" (obsolete), from pen (n.1) + man (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for penman

penman

noun
  1. A journalist
  2. A forger (1965+ Underworld)
  3. A student who signs his or her parents' names to made-up excuses (1950s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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