Penknife meaning

pĕn'nīf'
A small pocketknife.
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A small pocketknife; originally, one used in fashioning quill pens.
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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.
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Origin of penknife

originally a small knife used for cutting the nib of a quill pen