Inkhorn

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inkhorn A small bottle of horn or other material formerly used for holding ink; an inkstand; a portable case for writing materials. "With a writer's inkhorn by his side.""From his pocket the notary drew his papers and inkhorn ."
    • a Inkhorn Learned; pedantic; affected. "Inkhorn terms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inkhorn A portable case for ink and writing-instruments, made of a horn, or (usually) of wood or metal, formerly in common use in Europe, and still in some parts of the East. See kalamdan.
    • n inkhorn In heraldry See penner.
    • inkhorn Pertaining to an inkhorn, or to a writer or pedant; bookish; pedantic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Inkhorn (obs.) an inkholder, formerly of horn: a portable case for ink, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ink, + horn,; cf. F. cornet à encre, G. dintenhorn,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enque (Fr. encre)—Low L. encaustum, the purple-red ink used by the later Roman emperors—Gr. engkaustonengkaiein, to burn in. See Encaustic.

Usage

In literature:

Take pen and inkhorn, Gilbert.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
One day they saw one of us take out pen and inkhorn and write down their answers to our many questions.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
Simon Fleix has an inkhorn and paper.
"A Gentleman of France" by Stanley Weyman
Mark them with the inkhorn for Mine.
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
Take pen and inkhorn, Gilbert.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
With a sigh he dipped the quill in the inkhorn and went on.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Botticelli's Madonna of the Inkhorn is treated in this way.
"The Madonna in Art" by Estelle M. Hurll
Our wit is printed, not spoken; our best wits behind an inkhorn have sometimes been the veriest logs in society.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
So I take care of my arms, as you of your pens and your inkhorn.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Her reputation as a literary woman and an authoress is marked by the pen and inkhorn beside her effigy; in her hands is an open book.
"Westminster Abbey" by Mrs. A. Murray Smith
Oh for a wizard's inkhorn, that I might make you see the picture as I view it now, even with the eye of memory!
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
O haud your hands frae inkhorns, though a' the Muses woo; For critics lie, like saumon fry, to mak' their meals o' you.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
They took it over to the grain merchant, and one of them handed him an inkhorn.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Now, where is the inkhorn?
"The Landing of the Pilgrims" by Henry Fisk Carlton
The resemblance between pears and inkhorns doubtless occasioned the error.
"Notes and Queries, Number 223, February 4, 1854" by Various
He found some sheets of parchment and a reed pen, and lent her the inkhorn from his own girdle.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
So she said, Bring me an inkhorn and paper, and a pen of brass.
"The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I." by Anonymous
The commissioner seated himself by a table, drew out an inkhorn, and began to write.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
The vision of the man clothed in linen with the inkhorn.
"The Prophet Ezekiel" by Arno C. Gaebelein
From the table by the window where he sat, with an inkhorn and papers before him, small piles of coin at his right hand, he looked up.
"The Making of William Edwards" by Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
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In poetry:

Tak' warning then, young poets a', by this poor oubit's shame;
Though Pegasus may nicher loud, keep Pegasus at hame.
Oh haud your hands frae inkhorns, though a' the Muses woo;
For critics lie, like saumon fry, to mak' their meals o' you.
"The Oubit" by Charles Kingsley