Definition of penman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛnmən/

noun (plural penmen)

1 historical A person, such as a clerk, who was employed to write by hand on behalf of others.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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