Part of speech: noun

A small pocketknife.

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Usage examples "penknife":

  1. Send me a penknife if you please. - "John Leech, His Life and Work. Vol. 1", William Powell Frith.
  2. I count my belongings once more- half a penknife, a bunch of keys, but not a farthing. - "Hunger", Knut Hamsun.
  3. How, when Jeremiah's prophecies against the sins of Jehoiakim and his people were read before him, he cut the roll with a penknife, and threw it into the fire. - "Sermons on National Subjects", Charles Kingsley.