- To red-pencil is to delete or edit something as if you had a red editing pencil.
An example of red-pencil is to cut a project that your company has worked on but not yet completed.
This paper is getting a bit of red-pencil.
transitive verbred-pen·ciled, red-pen·cil·ing, red-pen·cils also red-pen·cilled or red-pen·cil·ling
(third-person singular simple present red-pencils, present participle red-penciling, simple past and past participle red-penciled)
- to correct written documents.