Definition of penman in English:


Line breaks: pen¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛnmən

noun (plural penmen)

  • 1 historical A person, such as a clerk, who was employed to write by hand on behalf of others.
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    • In painting he is a master of nuance, but as a penman he tends to the workmanlike.
  • 2A person who writes with a specified degree of skill: this talented penman’s work
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    • The most swift and tireless penmen appeared to keep the arm on the desk at all times and formed their letters with little or no motion of the fingers - a free and tireless style of penmanship.
    • Fraktur were also produced by scriveners (professional penmen), artists, and possibly by stonemasons.
  • 2.1An author.
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    • The reading they seek is not that of the Divine Author but of the penman.
    • While the bloggers and muckrakers sweat it out in every nook and corner with a wireless signal, the well-paid penmen are in luxury suites tapping their manicured fingers in front of twenty-inch flat screens.
    • I'm one penman in their stable of travel writers - tell the good readers where to spend their vacation time.

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