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[pen-hohl-der] /ˈpɛnˌhoʊl dər/
a holder in which a penpoint is placed.
a rack for a pen or pens.
Origin of penholder
First recorded in 1805-15; pen1 + holder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mr. Morgan caressed his heavy moustache with the end of his penholder.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Foyle tapped lightly on his desk with the end of a penholder.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • He bit the end of his penholder instead, and bridled his tongue and temper.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • So Gladys took Marjorie's penholder, and Mopsy had the nibbled one.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • The hours whizzed past, and my penholder was nibbled half away.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • The penholder of Jones is too much for the grasp of my attenuated fingers.

  • There was a penholder in the room, so what I needed was only nibs.

  • Sir Charles nibbled for a moment at the end of his penholder.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • There was even a writing-pad and a penholder with the special nib he liked.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • Why, one of his professors had a penholder he had used for forty years!

    St. Peter's Umbrella Klmn Mikszth
Word Origin and History for penholder

1815, from pen (n.1) + holder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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