from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small pocketknife.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small pocketknife; a small knife with a blade which folds into the hand. Penknives often incorporate other tools such as corkscrews, and are generally smaller than pocketknives as a group.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small pocketknife; formerly, a knife used for making and mending quill pens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small pocket-knife: so called from its former use in making and mending quill pens.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small pocketknife; originally used to cut quill pens
But his penknife was a tiny thing, suitable for sharpening quills and cutting paper, not to doing battle with monstrous stone dogs.
But he had faithful servants; with the blood of his wound I wet my broadsword, called the penknife — you have surely heard of my penknife, famous at every diet, market, and village assembly — and swore to notch it on the shoulders of the
Take instead a sabre such as befits a gentleman: now I lay at your feet this my penknife, which is the most precious thing that I possess in all the world.
Danny Boyle is about to embark on the filming of 127 Hours, the story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who was forced to amputate his own arm with a penknife after being pinned under a boulder.
Cumming himself became a figure of legend when, crashing his car in France, he stoically extricated himself from the wreckage by amputating his foot with a penknife.
But they also fell victim to more exotic problems: one man suffered "a smart pain in walking", undoubtedly caused by the 19 penknives and one penknife case he proved to have swallowed.
He pulled a penknife from his pocket, flicked it open, and walked back to the carton.
If you have a straw and a penknife you can make a loud instrument!
In case you're scratching your head, Aron Ralston was the hiker who amputated his own hand with a penknife when he got pinned by a giant boulder in the mountains of Utah.
According to police accounts of the incident, they began taunting Morfis with laser pens, before the 6ft 3in bodybuilder lashed out at them with a seven-inch penknife his taxi-driver father said he kept in the car for peeling fruit.