pencil

[ pen-suh l ]
/ ˈpɛn səl /

noun

verb (used with object), pen·ciled, pen·cil·ing or (especially British) pen·cilled, pen·cil·ling.

to write, draw, mark, or color with, or as if with, a pencil.
to use a pencil on.

Verb Phrases

pencil in, to schedule or list tentatively, as or as if by writing down in pencil rather than in ink: I'll pencil you in for ten o'clock.

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Origin of pencil

1350–1400; Middle English pencel < Middle French pincel ≪ Latin pēnicillus painter's brush or pencil, diminutive of pēniculus little tail. See penis, -cule1

OTHER WORDS FROM pencil

pen·cil·er; especially British, pen·cil·ler, nounpen·cil·like, adjectiveun·pen·ciled, adjectiveun·pen·cilled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pencil

pencil
/ (ˈpɛnsəl) /

noun

verb -cils, -cilling or -cilled or US -cils, -ciling or -ciled (tr)

Derived forms of pencil

penciller or US penciler, noun

Word Origin for pencil

C14: from Old French pincel, from Latin pēnicillus painter's brush, from pēniculus a little tail, from pēnis tail
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Idioms and Phrases with pencil

pencil

see put lead in one's pencil.

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