- The definition of a pen is a small yard or animal enclosure, or an tool used to draw or write with ink.
- An example of a pen is a petting zoo.
- An example of a pen is a ball point.
- Pen is defined as to write something using pen and ink.
An example of to pen is using an ink pen to write a to do list.
- Historical a heavy quill or feather trimmed to a split point, used for writing with ink
- now, any of various devices used in writing or drawing with ink; specif.,
- a device with a half-tubular metal point split into two nibs, now used esp. by artists and draftsmen
- ballpoint (pen)
- fountain pen
- the metal point for a pen ()
- the pen regarded as an instrument of writing
- literary style or expression
- writing as a profession
- Archaic a feather or quill; esp., a heavy wing feather
- Zool. the quill-shaped internal shell of a squid
Origin of penMiddle English penne ; from Old French a pen, feather ; from Classical Latin pinna, variant, variety of penna, a feather ; from an unverified form petna ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pet-, to fly: see feather
Origin of pen; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- An instrument for writing or drawing with ink or similar fluid, especially:a. A ballpoint pen.b. A fountain pen.c. A pen point.d. A penholder and its pen point.e. A quill.
- An instrument for writing regarded as a means of expression: “Tyranny has no enemy so formidable as the pen” (William Cobbett).
- A writer or an author: a hired pen.
- A style of writing: wrote plays with a witty pen.
- pens Archaic Pinions.
- The chitinous internal shell of a squid.
- A pen shell.
transitive verbpenned penned, pen·ning, pens
Origin of penMiddle English penne, from Old French, from Late Latin penna, from Latin, feather; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- a. A fenced enclosure for animals.b. The animals kept in such an enclosure.c. Any of various enclosures, such as a bullpen or playpen, used for a variety of purposes.
- A repair dock for submarines.
transitive verbpenned penned or pent , pen·ning, pens
Origin of penMiddle English, from Old English penn.
Origin of penOrigin unknown.
Origin of penShort for penitentiary.
(third-person singular simple present pens, present participle penning, simple past and past participle penned or pent)
- To enclose in a pen.
From Middle English penne (“enclosure for animals”), from Old English penn (“enclosure, fold, pen”) (in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *pennō, *pannijō (“pin, bolt, nail, tack”), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“pointed peg, nail, edge”). Akin to Old English pennian (“to close, lock, bolt”) (in compounds onpennian (“to open”)), Low German pennen (“to secure a door with a bolt”), Old English pinn (“peg, bolt”). More at pin.
Sense “prison” originally figurative extension to enclosure for persons (1845), later influenced by penitentiary (“prison”), being analyzed as an abbreviation (1884).
- A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.
- He took notes with a pen.
- (figuratively) A writer, or his style.
- He has a sharp pen.
- A light pen.
- (zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.
- (now rare, poetic, dialectal) A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.
- (poetic) A wing.
(third-person singular simple present pens, present participle penning, simple past and past participle penned)
- To write (an article, a book, etc.).
Anglo-Norman penne, from Old French penne, from Latin penna (“feather”), from Proto-Indo-European *petna-, from *pet- (“to rush, fly”) (from which petition). Proto-Indo-European base also root of *petra-, from which πτερόν (pteron, “wing”) (whence pterodactyl), Sanskrit पत्रम् (“wing, feather”), Old Church Slavonic перо (pero, “pen”), Old Norse fjöðr, Old English feðer (Modern English feather); note the /p/ → /f/ Germanic sound change.
See feather and πέτομαι (petomai) for more.
- A female swan.
Shortned form of penalty
Variant of pen
- a small yard or enclosure for domestic animals
- the animals so confined
- any small enclosure
Origin of penMiddle English ; from Old English penn, probably akin to pinn, pin