Origin of penning
- any of various instruments for writing or drawing with ink or a similar substance.
- a detachable metal penpoint, filled by dipping or with a quill; nib.
- such a penpoint with its penholder.
- fountain pen.
- ball-point pen.
- the pen as the instrument of writing or authorship: The pen is mightier than the sword.
- a person's style or quality of writing: He writes with a witty, incisive pen.
- a writer: I leave this story to abler pens.
- the profession of writing: a master of the pen.
- Computers. stylus(def 3).
- a quill.
- a pinfeather.
- something resembling or suggesting a feather or quill.
- Zoology. an internal, corneous or chitinous, feather-shaped structure in certain cephalopods, as the squid.
- 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.
Origin of pen1
- a small enclosure for domestic animals.
- animals so enclosed: We have a pen of twenty sheep.
- an enclosure used for confinement or safekeeping: We have built several pens to hold our harvest of corn.
- bull pen.
- a dock having a protective concrete structure overhead, used to service and repair submarines.
- to confine in or as in a pen.
Origin of pen2
Examples from the Web for penning
We made it practical to give Dunham a $3.7 million book advance for penning her memoir—at 28.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
After penning her own memoir, Canyon decided to own it, “so I self published,” she said.10 Fascinating Porn Star Memoirs: Aurora Snow on Porn Tell-Alls
May 29, 2013
Elena shared wider, by penning hopeful, contemplative letters to John Paul every few weeks, which she posted on a blog.Dealing with Awful Loss
February 25, 2013
NewSong member Eddie Carswell talks about penning the saddest holiday song of all time.‘Christmas Shoes,’ The Holiday Song You Either Love or Love to Hate
December 24, 2012
Yet Rush has championed civil rights for much of his career, last year penning a column honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr.The Story Behind Bobby Rush, the Hoodie-Wearing, Trayvon-Supporting Congressman
March 28, 2012
This is the only explanation we can give for penning this memorial.Gathering Jewels
James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
She was collecting some essays and penning an introductory memoir.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
Let it not be supposed, from what I have just said, that I am detailing any mystery, or penning any romance.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
This discourse was the cause of his penning a letter to his brother.The Trumpet-Major
Let me be as brief as I can in penning the details, which almost sicken me while I recall them.Buckskin Mose
- International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists
- 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
- writing as an occupation
- the written wordthe pen is mightier than the sword
- the long horny internal shell of a squid
- (tr) to write or compose
- an enclosure in which domestic animals are keptsheep pen
- any place of confinement
- a dock for servicing submarines, esp one having a bombproof roof
- (tr) to enclose or keep in a pen
- US and Canadian informal short for penitentiary (def. 1)
- a female swan
Word Origin and History for penning
"writing implement," late 13c., from Old French pene "quill pen; feather" (12c.) and directly from Latin penna "a feather, plume," in plural "a wing," in Late Latin, "a pen for writing," from Old Latin petna, pesna, from PIE *pet-na-, suffixed form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)).
Latin penna and pinna "a feather, plume;" in plural "a wing;" also "a pinnacle; battlement" (see pin (n.)) are treated as identical in Watkins, etc., but regarded as separate (but confused) Latin words by Tucker and others, who derive pinna from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (cf. spike (n.1)) and see the "feather/wing" sense as secondary.
In later French, this word means only "long feather of a bird," while the equivalent of English plume is used for "writing implement," the senses of the two words thus are reversed from the situation in English. Pen-and-ink (adj.) is attested from 1670s. Pen name is recorded from mid-19c.
"enclosure for animals," Old English penn, penne, "enclosure, pen, fold," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Old English pinn "pin, peg" (see pin (n.)) on notion of a bolted gate or else "structure made of pointed stakes."
late 15c., from pen (n.). Related: Penned; penning.
"to enclose in a pen," c.1200, from Old English *pennian, from the source of pen (n.2). Related: Penned; penning.
Idioms and Phrases with penning
see slip of the lip (pen).