pen

A pen is an ink-filled tool that you use for writing or drawing. Doing a crossword puzzle with a pen shows a lot of self confidence, since you can't erase your answers.

Pen is also a verb meaning "to write," especially when you're writing something of literary value: "She's my favorite writer — I can't wait for her to pen another novel!" Then there's the pen that you keep your pet donkey safely inside (you can also say you pen him in there), and inspired by this "livestock enclosure" meaning there's also the slang for "penitentiary" or "jail."

Definitions of pen
  1. noun
    a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
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    Biro, ballpen, ballpoint, ballpoint pen
    a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper
    Magic Marker, felt tip, felt-tip pen, felt-tipped pen
    a pen with a writing tip made of felt (trade name Magic Marker)
    fountain pen
    a pen that is supplied with ink from a reservoir in its barrel
    quill, quill pen
    pen made from a bird's feather
    Sharpie
    a pen with indelible ink that will write on any surface
    type of:
    writing implement
    an implement that is used to write
  2. verb
    produce a literary work
    synonyms: compose, indite, write
    publish, write
    have (one's written work) issued for publication
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    draw
    write a legal document or paper
    lyric
    write lyrics for (a song)
    write about, write of, write on
    write about a particular topic
    profile
    write about
    paragraph
    write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
    paragraph
    write about in a paragraph
    write off
    write something fluently, and without hesitation
    dash off, fling off, knock off, scratch off, toss off
    write quickly
    rewrite
    rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose
    write copy
    write for commercial publications
    adopt, dramatise, dramatize
    put into dramatic form
    draft, outline
    draw up an outline or sketch for something
    poetise, poetize, verse, versify
    compose verses or put into verse
    author
    be the author of
    annotate, footnote
    add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
    cite, reference
    refer to
    write out, write up
    put into writing; write in complete form
    script
    write a script for
    relyric
    write new lyrics for (a song)
    metrify
    compose in poetic meter
    spondaise, spondaize
    make spondaic
    elegise, elegize
    compose an elegy
    sonnet
    compose a sonnet
    co-author
    be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
    ghost, ghostwrite
    write for someone else
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    create verbally
    create with or from words
  3. noun
    an enclosure for confining livestock
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    cattle pen, corral, cow pen
    a pen for cattle
    creep
    a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
    fold, sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold
    a pen for sheep
    holding paddock, holding pen, holding yard
    a pen where livestock is temporarily confined
    kraal
    a pen for livestock in southern Africa
    paddock
    pen where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race
    pinfold
    a pen where stray animals are confined
    rodeo
    an enclosure for cattle that have been rounded up
    pigpen, pigsty, sty
    a pen for swine
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  4. noun
    a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
    synonyms: playpen
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  5. noun
    female swan
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    swan
    stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
  6. noun
    a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
    synonyms: penitentiary
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    correctional institution
    a penal institution maintained by the government
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