pent

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

pent (plural pents)

  1. confinement; concealment
    • 1993, John Banville, Ghosts
      There was a catch in my voice, thick as it was with the pent of unshed tears; had I let them flow they would have come out forty per cent proof.

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. Confined in a pen, imprisoned.
    • (Can we date this quote?) W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado.
      My object all sublime
      I shall achieve in time —
      To let the punishment fit the crime —
      The punishment fit the crime;
      And make each prisoner pent
      Unwillingly represent
      A source of innocent merriment!
      Of innocent merriment!

Usage notes[edit]

Use of bare “pent”, as in the Gilbert quotation above, has become less common over time. (Use of “pent up” or “pent in” remains about as common.)

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

pent

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of pen; alternative form of penned

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

pent

  1. third-person singular present indicative of pendre