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P3E1N1

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P3E1N1

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3 letters words from 'pen'

NEP 5PEN 5

2 letters words from 'pen'

EN 2NE 2
PE 4 

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pen epn pne npe enp nep

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Definitions and meaning of pen

pen

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛn/
    • (pinpen merger) IPA(key): /pɪn/
  • Rhymes: -ɛn
  • Homophone: pin (pin-pen merger)

Etymology 1

From Middle English pen, penne (enclosure for animals), from Old English penn (enclosure, fold, pen) (in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *pennō, *pannijō (pin, bolt, nail, tack), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (pointed peg, nail, edge). Akin to Old English pennian (to close, lock, bolt) (in compounds onpennian (to open)), Low German pennen (to secure a door with a bolt), Old English pinn (peg, bolt). More at pin.

Sense “prison” originally figurative extension to “enclosure for persons” (1845), later influenced by penitentiary (prison), being analyzed as an abbreviation (1884).

Noun

pen (plural pens)

  1. An enclosure (enclosed area) used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.
  2. (slang) A prison cell.
  3. (baseball) The bullpen.

Derived terms

  • Pen Mill (or perhaps from Etymology 3)
Translations

Verb

pen (third-person singular simple present pens, present participle penning, simple past and past participle penned or pent)

  1. (transitive) To enclose in a pen.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English penne, from Anglo-Norman penne, from Old French penne, from Latin penna (feather), from Proto-Indo-European *péth₂r̥ ~ pth₂én- (feather, wing), from *peth₂- (to rush, fly) (from which petition). Proto-Indo-European base also root of *petra-, from which Ancient Greek πτερόν (pterón, wing) (whence pterodactyl), Sanskrit पत्रम् (patram, wing, feather), Old Church Slavonic перо (pero, pen), Old Norse fjǫðr, Old English feðer (Modern English feather); note the /p/ → /f/ Germanic sound change.

See feather and πέτομαι (pétomai) for more.

Noun

pen (plural pens)

  1. A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.
  2. (figuratively) A writer, or his style.
  3. (colloquial) Marks of ink left by a pen.
  4. A light pen.
  5. (zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.
  6. (now rare, poetic, dialectal) A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.
  7. (poetic) A wing.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

pen (third-person singular simple present pens, present participle penning, simple past and past participle penned)

  1. (transitive) To write (an article, a book, etc.).
Translations

Etymology 3

Origin uncertain. Compare hen.

Noun

pen (plural pens)

  1. A female swan.
Translations

Etymology 4

Shortened form of penalty.

Noun

pen (plural pens)

  1. (soccer, slang) penalty

References

Anagrams

  • NEP, Nep, PNe, nep

Angloromani

Alternative forms

  • pan, pey

Etymology

From Romani phen, from Sanskrit भगिनी (bhaginī).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈpʰen], [ˈpen], [pʰɛn]

Noun

pen

  1. sister
    Synonyms: minnipen, rakla

Derived terms

References

  • “pen” in The Manchester Romani Project, Angloromani Dictionary.

Danish

Etymology 1

From late Old Norse penni, from Latin penna (feather).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛnˀ/, [pʰɛnˀ]

Noun

pen c (singular definite pennen, plural indefinite penne)

  1. pen
  2. quill
  3. pane, peen
Declension

Etymology 2

Adjective

pen (neuter pent, plural and definite singular attributive pene, comparative penere, superlative (predicative) penest, superlative (attributive) peneste)

  1. Obsolete spelling of pæn

Dutch

Etymology

From Middle Dutch penne. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛn/
  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Noun

pen f (plural pennen, diminutive pennetje n)

  1. pen (writing utensil)
  2. pin

Derived terms

  • (pen): balpen, kroontjespen, vulpen
  • (pin): aardingspen, scharnierpen, zadelpen

Descendants

  • Papiamentu: pen

Anagrams

  • nep

Haitian Creole

Etymology

From French pain (bread)

Noun

pen

  1. bread

Indonesian

Etymology

From Dutch pen, from Latin penna (feather, pen). Doublet of pena.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈpɛn]
  • Hyphenation: pèn

Noun

pèn (plural, first-person possessive penku, second-person possessive penmu, third-person possessive pennya)

  1. (nonstandard) alternative form of pena (pen).
  2. (medicine) pin, metal used to fasten or as a bearing.

Further reading

  • “pen” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Japanese

Romanization

pen

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ペン

Mandarin

Romanization

pen

  1. Nonstandard spelling of pēn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of pén.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of pěn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of pèn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Mapudungun

Verb

pen (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. to see
    Synonym: petun

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Anglo-Norman penne.

Noun

pen

  1. Alternative form of penne

Etymology 2

From Old English penn, from Proto-Germanic *pennō.

Alternative forms

  • penne, peyn

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛn/
  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Noun

pen

  1. A enclosed structure for securing animals.
Related terms
Descendants
  • English: pen
  • Scots: pen
References
  • “pen (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-24.

Mindiri

Noun

pen

  1. woman

Further reading

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

Possibly from French.

Adjective

pen (neuter singular pent, definite singular and plural pene, comparative penere, indefinite superlative penest, definite superlative peneste)

  1. nice
  2. neat
  3. beautiful, pretty
  4. handsome, good-looking

References

  • “pen” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

Possibly from French.

Adjective

pen (neuter singular pent, definite singular and plural pene, comparative penare, indefinite superlative penast, definite superlative penaste)

  1. nice
  2. neat
  3. beautiful, pretty
  4. handsome, good-looking

References

  • “pen” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Rade

Etymology

Borrowed from French pince.

Noun

pen

  1. pincers

Tok Pisin

Etymology 1

From English paint.

Noun

pen

  1. paint

Etymology 2

From English pen.

Noun

pen

  1. pen

Etymology 3

From English pain.

Noun

pen

  1. pain

Volapük

Noun

pen (nominative plural pens)

  1. pen

Declension


Welsh

Etymology

From Middle Welsh penn, from Proto-Brythonic *penn, from Proto-Celtic *kʷennom.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛn/

Noun

pen m (plural pennau)

  1. (anatomy) head
  2. chief
  3. top, apex
  4. end, extremity

Related terms

Adjective

pen (equative penned, comparative pennach, superlative pennaf)

  1. head
  2. chief
  3. supreme, principal

Mutation

References

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950-), “pen”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

Source: wiktionary.org
  • to write, or commit to paper.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)