[ pen-ing ]
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Origin of penning

First recorded in 1620–30; pen2 + -ing1

Words Nearby penning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use penning in a sentence

  • He wanted to throw down his hammer and chisel and scream and kick and throw himself up against the penning planks.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • Pleasanter work this, by far, and more soothing to his pride, than penning letters of contrition and obeisance.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest | Annie Nathan Meyer
  • No mere surmise, founded upon the probable effects of the exhibition of cruelty in Paris, led to the penning of this sentence.

  • Excitedly the sick man sprang from his bed at the tidings of the massacre and began penning a letter.

    Warrior Gap | Charles King
  • It is now ten A.M. I have been up since seven, penning these memoranda for the benefit of my family and of mankind.