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
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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