inkhorn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ynkhorn, inkehorn (small portable vessel, originally made of horn, used to hold ink), equivalent to ink +‎ horn.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪŋkˌhɔː(ɹ)n/

Noun[edit]

inkhorn (plural inkhorns)

  1. (archaic) A small portable container, often made of horn, used to carry ink.
  2. (used attributively, derogatory, of vocabulary) Pedantic, obscurely scholarly.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act III, Part 1,[3]
      And ere that we will suffer such a prince,
      So kind a father of the commonweal,
      To be disgraced by an inkhorn mate,
      We and our wives and children all will fight
      And have our bodies slaughtered by thy foes.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

inkhorn

  1. Alternative form of ynkhorn