- a small, often decorative, knifelike instrument with a blade of metal, ivory, wood, or the like, for slitting open envelopes, the leaves of books, folded papers, etc.
- the blade of a paper cutter.
Origin of paper knife
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for paperknife
Hella is painting a paperknife in imitation of tarsia mosaic.A Young Girl's Diary
An Anonymous Young Girl
I attacked it bravely, however, hacking my way into it, paperknife in hand.Simon the Jester
William J. Locke
He sat drumming on his desk with the antique stainless steel spatula he used as a paperknife.Helpfully Yours
Evelyn E. Smith
The little judge rapped on the table with his paperknife and urged the reader afresh upon his wild career.The Ink-Stain, Complete
- a knife with a comparatively blunt blade, esp one of wood, bone, etc, for opening sealed envelopes
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