Origin of penciling
verb (used with object), pen·ciled, pen·cil·ing or (especially British) pen·cilled, pen·cil·ling.
Origin of pencil
Related Words for pencilingcompose, rewrite, create, scrawl, sign, note, record, pen, draft, address, print, scribble, tell, write, paint, mark, ghost, engross, transcribe, formulate
Examples from the Web for penciling
Historical Examples of penciling
The girl lifted the brows that were dark enough to require no penciling.The Law of Hemlock Mountain
The penciling of this note gave Rodney time to recover himself.Night and Day
The Secretary nodded, penciling Frawley's correction on the paper.Murder in Any Degree
Penciling a brief note he gave it to a soldier of his company and bade him take it to the guard tents.Found in the Philippines
In the females solid yellow bills, fawn colored breasts and absence of penciling must be avoided.Ducks and Geese
Harry M. Lamon
- a thin cylindrical instrument used for writing, drawing, etc, consisting of a rod of graphite or other marking substance, usually either encased in wood and sharpened or held in a mechanical metal device
- (as modifier)a pencil drawing
verb -cils, -cilling or -cilled or US -cils, -ciling or -ciled (tr)
Word Origin for pencil
early 14c., "an artist's fine brush of camel hair," from Old French pincel "artist's paintbrush" (13c., Modern French pinceau), from Latin penicillus "painter's brush, hair-pencil," literally "little tail," diminutive of peniculus "brush," itself a diminutive of penis "tail" (see penis). Small brushes formerly were used for writing before modern lead or chalk pencils; meaning "graphite writing implement" apparently evolved late 16c. Derogatory slang pencil-pusher "office worker" is from 1881; pencil neck "weak person" first recorded 1973.
1530s, "to mark or sketch with a pencil-brush," from pencil (n.). In reference to lead pencils from 1760s. Related: Penciled; penciling. To pencil (something) in "arrange tentatively" is attested from 1942.
see put lead in one's pencil.