noun, plural pen·men.
a person who writes or copies; scribe; copyist.
a writer or author.
Origin of penman
First recorded in 1585–95; pen1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for penman
Historical Examples of penman
Captain Penman was a man of few words, and these few he did not waste.
Captain Penman looked at the girl beside him, and was sorry for her disappointment.
In a word, he was transformed from the penman into the captain and man-at-arms.
Dickinson has aptly been called the “Penman of the Revolution.”
Well, I often wish I were a penman; but I never could do it.
British Dictionary definitions for penman
noun plural -men
a person skilled in handwriting
a person who writes by hand in a specified waya bad penman
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Word Origin and History for penman
1610s, "copyist, clerk, scrivener" (obsolete), from pen (n.1) + man (n.).
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