paper knife


noun

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.

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Origin of paper knife

First recorded in 1800–10
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Example sentences from the Web for paper knife

  • Hella is painting a paperknife in imitation of tarsia mosaic.

    A Young Girl's Diary|An Anonymous Young Girl
  • 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.

  • I attacked it bravely, however, hacking my way into it, paperknife in hand.

    Simon the Jester|William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for paper knife

paperknife
/ (ˈpeɪpəˌnaɪf) /

noun plural -knives

a knife with a comparatively blunt blade, esp one of wood, bone, etc, for opening sealed envelopes
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