quill Definition

  • 1a main wing feather of a bird, used for writing in the past
  • 2a pen made from a bird's feather
  • 3a hollow sharp spine of a porcupine or hedgehog

Using quill: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "quill" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She wrote the letter with a quill pen.

  • Example

    The quills on the porcupine's back are used for defense.

  • Example

    The artist used a quill to draw intricate details.

quill Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for quill

Phrases with quill

  • a person who writes with a quill pen, especially as an occupation


    In the old days, quill drivers were highly skilled and respected.

  • a porcupine


    Be careful not to get too close to that quill pig!

  • a spinning wheel used for winding yarn onto quills


    She used a quill wheel to spin wool into yarn.

Origins of quill

from Old English 'cweol', meaning 'shaft of a feather'


Summary: quill in Brief

The term 'quill' [kwɪl] refers to a bird's feather used for writing in the past, a pen made from a feather, or a sharp spine of a porcupine or hedgehog. It is used in phrases like 'quill driver,' denoting a person who writes with a quill pen, and 'quill pig,' referring to a porcupine.