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pen1

 
 
pronunciation:
pen
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of various instruments used for writing or drawing in ink.
fountain pensballpoint pens
 
similar words:
ballpoint, fountain pen, marker, quill, stylus
definition 2: an author's writings, esp. in regard to style.
a sarcastic pen
similar words:
oeuvre, phraseology, style, wording, work
definition 3: a writer's profession.
He lives by the pen.
similar words:
composition, journalism, writing
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: penned, penning, pens
definition: to write, often with a pen.
She has penned several articles.
synonyms:
draft, put down, write
similar words:
author, compose, draw up, indite, jot, scrawl, scribble
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Word History
The English word pen comes from penna, the Latin word for "feather." Writing was done with a feather pen for over a thousand years. The "penknife" is so called because it was used to sharpen the point of a feather pen.
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