Inkhorn
Inkhorn Ink"horn", a. Learned; pedantic; affected. [Obs.] ``Inkhorn terms.'' --Bale. [1913 Webster]

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  • Inkhorn — Ink horn , n. [Ink + horn; cf. F. cornet [ a] encre, G. dintenhorn.] 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. Ezek. ix. 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inkhorn — late 14c., small portable vessel (originally made of horn) for holding ink, from INK (Cf. ink) (n.) + HORN (Cf. horn) (n.). Used attributively as an adjective for things (especially vocabulary) supposed to be beloved by scribblers and bookworms… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inkhorn — [iŋk′hôrn΄] n. a small container made of horn or other material, formerly used to hold ink …   English World dictionary

  • inkhorn — I. noun Date: 14th century a small portable bottle (as of horn) for holding ink II. adjective Date: 1543 ostentatiously learned ; pedantic < inkhorn terms > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Inkhorn —    The Hebrew word so rendered means simply a round vessel or cup for containing ink, which was generally worn by writers in the girdle (Ezek. 9:2, 3, 11). The word inkhorn was used by the translators, because in former times in this country… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • inkhorn — I. ˈiŋkˌhȯrn, ˈiŋˌkȯrn noun Etymology: Middle English enkehorn, inkehorn, from enke, inke ink + horn horn : a small portable bottle of horn or other material for holding ink II. adjective : affectedly learned or pedantic inkhorn terms and crude …   Useful english dictionary

  • inkhorn — /ingk hawrn /, n. a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink. [1350 1400; ME; see INK, HORN] * * * …   Universalium

  • inkhorn — noun a) A small portable container, often made of horn, used to carry ink. b) Pedantic, obscurely scholarly …   Wiktionary

  • inkhorn — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters: academic, bookish, donnish, formalistic, literary, pedantic, pedantical, scholastic. See… …   English dictionary for students

  • inkhorn — n. small container made from an animal s horn (was used in the past to hold writing ink) adj. pretentious in one s learning …   English contemporary dictionary

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