penman

[ pen-muh n ]
/ ˈpɛn mən /
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noun, plural pen·men.

a person who writes or copies; scribe; copyist.
an expert in penmanship.
a writer or author.

Nearby words

  1. penitently,
  2. penitis,
  3. penki,
  4. penknife,
  5. penlight,
  6. penmanship,
  7. penn,
  8. penn hills,
  9. penn, sir william,
  10. penn, william

Origin of penman

First recorded in 1585–95; pen1 + -man

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British Dictionary definitions for penman

penman

/ (ˈpɛnmən) /

noun plural -men

a person skilled in handwriting
a person who writes by hand in a specified waya bad penman
an author
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Word Origin and History for penman

penman

n.

1610s, "copyist, clerk, scrivener" (obsolete), from pen (n.1) + man (n.).

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