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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. 2017.
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  • He picked up the penholder, a thick magnificent affair made of gold.

  • He bit the end of his penholder instead, and bridled his tongue and temper.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • Some cheap thin string or cotton waste, some small twigs, a pencil or penholder, a strong hook fixed in a wall.

    The Playwork Book Ann Macbeth
  • The hours whizzed past, and my penholder was nibbled half away.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • He nibbled the leisure end of his penholder too much, and allowed the business extremity thereof to dry in inky conglomeration.

    From One Generation to Another Henry Seton Merriman
  • There was a penholder in the room, so what I needed was only nibs.

  • "Perhaps Fane will recite to us his discovery," said Mr. Cray, scratching his scurfy head with the gnawed end of a penholder.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • Sir Charles nibbled for a moment at the end of his penholder.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Amelungen played with his penholder, but his hands trembled visibly, and words failed him.

  • There was even a writing-pad and a penholder with the special nib he liked.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
Word Origin and History for penholder

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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