a person who writes or copies; scribe; copyist.
an expert in penmanship.
a writer or author.
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How to use penman in a sentence
Growing up in rural Canada, things were not promising for the young penman.
There are always the pamphlets and lampoons, and if you offend a penman they will kill you in a paper warfare.The Rake's Progress | Marjorie Bowen
Since that time the poor penman had never a place to call his own.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche | Anatole France
Until then, in Punch's phrase, "cricket was still a childish game and not a penman's serious study."Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV. | Charles L. Graves
Some time after this, Mr. penman became the minister, and was ordained February 3rd, 1836.Memorials of the Independent Churches in Northamptonshire | Thomas Coleman
The author, the human penman, he said (according to Calderwood), was fated to die friendless in a strange land.John Knox and the Reformation | Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for penman
a person skilled in handwriting
a person who writes by hand in a specified way: a bad penman
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