Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin dull knife used for opening sealed envelopes, slitting uncut pages of books, and creasing paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a knife for cutting paper or opening envelopes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as paper-cutter, 2.

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

  • n. dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books
  • n. dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books

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Examples

  • Soames slowly passed a little inlaid paperknife over the smooth surface of a marqueterie table; then, without looking at his nephew, he began:

    In Chancery

  • I showed him one of the photos, one taken from the paperknife.

    Some by Fire

  • I wiped the powder from the paperknife, put it in an envelope with a note and posted it in the internal mail.

    Some by Fire

  • Cordwell stabbed the paperknife into the desk top and left it quivering.

    Hard Frost

  • He seemed embarrassed and fiddled with his paperknife, looking anywhere but at Frost.

    Frost at Christmas

  • He picked up his stainless-steel paperknife and tapped the blade on his palm, racking his brains for something to say in his inspector's favor.

    Frost at Christmas

  • He casually picked up the paperknife and began cleaning his nails with it, reminding me irresistibly of Jonathan who throughout my childhood had done his with the point of a rifle bullet.

    Twice shy

  • Garry sniffed and picked up the paperknife. my God! Curtis marvelled.

    The Sound of Thunder

  • He listened without interruption, playing with the ivory paperknife.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • The little judge rapped on the table with his paperknife and urged the reader afresh upon his wild career.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

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