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  • n. A person, often in a foreign country, with whom one exchanges friendly correspondence but whom one never or rarely meets.


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  • It is about Gerard who lives in Mawson, Australia and his penfriend Alice who lives somewhere in Sussex, England.

    Squeamish Beware « So Many Books

  • Unlike most penfriend relationships, however, this one does not die as the two grow older but becomes more and more intimate.

    Good and Creepy « So Many Books

  • His mother is a little looney and the only thing he has to hold onto, his only friend, is Alice, a penfriend who lives somewhere in Sussex.

    Good and Creepy « So Many Books

  • Except I'd intended to write to a penfriend and now finding myself with just time to do one thing I've plumped for this...

    Another Friday evening...

  • I have recieved a charming letter from a little girl in America for whom I have I hope organised a British penfriend.

    auntie joanna writes

  • Hey so I'm meeting my penfriend from Portland tonight for beers.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • Determined to find a way to get myself to France, because my one day trip to St Malo during a family holiday to Jersey was clearly woefully inadequate for French oral purposes, I managed to find a penfriend through a magazine.

    French exchange

  • His penfriend got all offended when he said he wasn't going and sent him a cursed hat.

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Bill had a penfriend at a school in Brazil ... this was years and years ago ... and he wanted to go on an exchange trip but Mum and Dad couldn't afford it.

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Even the early machine code-groups, if Bletchley ever produced them, were unlikely prove that Herr Giskes was SOE's most regular penfriend.

    between silk and cyanide


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