Meaning of PENCIL in English

PENCIL

I. pen ‧ cil 1 S2 /ˈpens ə l/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: pincel 'paintbrush' , from Latin penicillus 'little tail' , from penis ; ⇨ ↑ penis ]

an instrument that you use for writing or drawing, consisting of a wooden stick with a thin piece of a black or coloured substance in the middle:

a sharp pencil

a blue pencil

in pencil

a note written in pencil

a pencil sketch

⇨ ↑ eyebrow pencil

II. pencil 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle pencilled , present participle pencilling British English , penciled , penciling American English ) [transitive]

to write something or make a mark with a pencil:

a name pencilled on the envelope

pencil somebody/something ↔ in phrasal verb

to make an arrangement for a meeting or other event, knowing that it might have to be changed later:

Pickford has been pencilled in as Robson’s replacement.

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