[ pen ]
/ pɛn /


verb (used with object), penned, pen·ning.

to write with or as with a pen; put down in writing: to pen an essay.
to draw with or as with a pen: to pen a sketch.

Nearby words

  1. pemphigus erythematosus,
  2. pemphigus foliaceus,
  3. pemphigus gangrenosus,
  4. pemphigus vegetans,
  5. pemphigus vulgaris,
  6. pen computer,
  7. pen drive,
  8. pen friend,
  9. pen name,
  10. pen pal

Origin of pen

1250–1300; Middle English penne < Old French penne pen, feather < Late Latin penna, Latin: feather

Related formspen·like, adjectivepen·ner, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for penner

British Dictionary definitions for penner


/ (pɛn) /

n acronym for

International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists


/ (pɛn) /


an implement for writing or drawing using ink, formerly consisting of a sharpened and split quill, and now of a metal nib attached to a holderSee also ballpoint, fountain pen
the writing end of such an implement; nib
style of writing
the pen
  1. writing as an occupation
  2. the written wordthe pen is mightier than the sword
the long horny internal shell of a squid

verb pens, penning or penned

(tr) to write or compose

Word Origin for pen

Old English pinne, from Late Latin penna (quill) pen, from Latin: feather


/ (pɛn) /


an enclosure in which domestic animals are keptsheep pen
any place of confinement
a dock for servicing submarines, esp one having a bombproof roof

verb pens, penning, penned or pent

(tr) to enclose or keep in a pen

Word Origin for pen

Old English penn, perhaps related to pin


/ (pɛn) /


US and Canadian informal short for penitentiary (def. 1)


/ (pɛn) /


a female swan

Word Origin for pen

C16: of unknown origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for penner
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with penner


see slip of the lip (pen).

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.