Definition of pencil sharpener in US English:

pencil sharpener

noun

  • A device for sharpening a pencil by rotating a cutter around its point.

    • ‘Behind a gas station we find some personal articles: a money clip, a pencil sharpener, part of a pen.’
    • ‘Can I bring a pencil sharpener on the plane, or is that also a dangerous weapon?’
    • ‘I've got one of those battery-operated pencil sharpeners.’
    • ‘I will leave you to guess why one of our number has just gone to stare at a pencil sharpener.’
    • ‘Design tends to follow the leading technical products of its period; in an age of aviation, even pencil sharpeners are streamlined.’
    • ‘I flinched and immediately hunched over the old manual pencil sharpener and furiously cranked that handle like there was no tomorrow.’
    • ‘She also had two notebooks for writing in, a case of pencils, a pencil sharpener, and some erasers.’
    • ‘An eighth-grader is fiddling with a broken pencil sharpener.’
    • ‘Scribbling a quick reply, I stood up to go to the pencil sharpener.’
    • ‘Beginning to become frustrated with the conversation she leaned down into her backpack and pulled out a silver pencil sharpener and tossed it to him.’
    • ‘Casey delighted in rifling through the pencil case to examine every stapler, every pencil sharpener and oddly shaped eraser.’
    • ‘You simply place your hand on a device that looks somewhat like an electric pencil sharpener, and it measures levels of carotenoids in your skin.’
    • ‘A packet containing a desk set of hole punch, stapler, pencil sharpener and scissors bore a sticker saying ‘Touch Me’.’
    • ‘There was no response except for what sounded like a backed-up pencil sharpener.’
    • ‘There were also some small flat round objects that might have been either pencil sharpeners or key fobs, of the sort that eight-year-old girls buy in museum shops on school trips.’
    • ‘I went in, and saw the usual 2-hole pencil sharpener which meant 2 blades for $1 and I was about to get it, until I saw above it 6 pencil sharpeners for $1.50.’
    • ‘Martin slapped both on the table and rushed off to buy pencil sharpeners and erasers.’
    • ‘Apparently, on my final visit to him, I took fourteen pencil sharpeners and a penny I'd found on my way there.’
    • ‘Laura, can I please borrow your pencil sharpener?’
    • ‘Some of the items, like erasers and pencil sharpeners, shaped and coloured like fruits and vegetables, were much in demand.’

Pronunciation

pencil sharpener

/ˈpensəl ˌSHärp(ə)nər//ˈpɛnsəl ˌʃɑrp(ə)nər/