Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female writer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female writer; an authoress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who writes with a pen; a female writer; an authoress.

Etymologies

pen +‎ woman (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Butler, with some surprise at the question, replied, “that he had received no letter for some time; his wife was a poor penwoman.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • But Mrs. Neuchatel was a fine penwoman; her feelings were her facts, and her ingenious observations of art and nature were her news.

    Endymion

  • Pipchin was but an indifferent penwoman -- by Florence.

    Dombey and Son

  • Butler, with some surprise at the question, replied, ` ` that he had received no letter for some time; his wife was a poor penwoman. ''

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • MY beloved daughter imposes on me a task, which however agreeable to myself, may not, perhaps be entirely so to you; as the cold inanimate prolixity of an old woman, will form a great contrast between her descriptions, and that of so sprightly and elegant a penwoman as Mrs. Butler: you must however, accept of my wish to indulge her, and gratify you; and take matter for manner.

    Agnes De-Courci: a Domestic Tale

  • The letters were post – letters; and it happened that the one in question was Mrs Pipchin’s regular report, directed as usual — for Mrs Pipchin was but an indifferent penwoman — by

    Dombey and Son

  • To have shown it to her husband would have been her first impulse; but, besides that he was absent from home, and the matter too delicate to be the subject of correspondence by an indifferent penwoman, Mrs. Butler recollected that he was not possessed of the information necessary to form a judgment upon the occasion; and that, adhering to the rule which she had considered as most advisable, she had best transmit the information immediately to her sister, and leave her to adjust with her husband the mode in which they should avail themselves of it.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • "that he had received no letter for some time; his wife was a poor penwoman."

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

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