Definition of penman in English:



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

    • ‘In painting he is a master of nuance, but as a penman he tends to the workmanlike.’
    clerk, secretary, copyist, transcriber, amanuensis, recorder, record keeper
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  • 2A person who writes with a specified degree of skill.

    ‘this talented penman's work’
    • ‘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.’
    writer, feature writer, columnist, correspondent, reporter, journalist, penman
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    1. 2.1An author.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The reading they seek is not that of the Divine Author but of the penman.’
      writer, man of letters, woman of letters, wordsmith
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