Definitions

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  • n. A BIRO brand ballpoint pen.
  • n. Any ballpoint pen.
  • n. Ink from a ballpoint pen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a pen with small metal ball as point of transfer of ink to paper; same as ballpoint pen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper

Etymologies

From the BIRO brand of pens made by the BIC corporation, which were named after László Bíró, the inventor of the pen. (Wiktionary)

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  • ...and would you believed it, "biro" also means judge in Hungarian. There aren't too many occurrences, like this between the two languages. Why wold it be?

    January 11, 2012

  • Loud invented Hawaian shirts too.

    January 10, 2011

  • Although apparantly there was a very similar patent for a pen that could write on leather held by a gentleman named John Loud a couple of decades or so before (please correct me if I'm mistaken).

    January 10, 2011

  • This household word (at least in my neck of the woods) is a fitting tribute to Hungarian Bíró László, who gave us the ballpoint pen.

    January 10, 2011

  • Citation on doodle.

    July 23, 2008