Definition of Firkin

1. Noun. A British unit of capacity equal to 9 imperial gallons.

Generic synonyms: British Capacity Unit, Imperial Capacity Unit
Terms within: Congius, Gallon, Imperial Gallon
Group relationships: Kilderkin



2. Noun. A small wooden keg.
Generic synonyms: Keg

Definition of Firkin

1. n. A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal to nine imperial gallons.

Definition of Firkin

1. Noun. (British) A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal to nine imperial gallons. [Eng.] ¹

2. Noun. (American English) A small wooden vessel or cask of indeterminate size, -- used for butter, lard, etc. ¹

3. Noun. A weight measure for butter, equalling 56 pounds. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Firkin

1. a British unit of capacity [n -S]

Medical Definition of Firkin

1. 1. A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal to nine imperial gallons. 2. A small wooden vessel or cask of indeterminate size, used for butter, lard, etc. Origin: From AS. Feower four (or an allied word, perh. Dutch or Danish) + -kin. See Four. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Firkin

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firing range
firing ranges
firing squad
firing squads
firing up
firings
firked
firkin (current term)
firking
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firlike
firlot
firlots
firm
firm omelet
firm power
firm up
firmament
firmamental
firmaments

Literary usage of Firkin

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1. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1882)
"We enquired politely for Miss Martha firkin. " Then, Miss firkin," I rejoined with some severity—for I was a little nettled at the contemptuous way in which ..."

2. The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland [1807-1868/69] by Great Britain, George Kettilby Rickards (1840)
"... and every such Barrel, Half Barrel, firkin, or Half firkin, which shall be produced to any Officer of Excise without the Weight or Tare thereof being so ..."

3. A Dictionary of Weights and Measures for the British Isles: The Middle Ages by Ronald Edward Zupko (1985)
"32 «gallons.. .and every firkin empty shall weigh vi pound and a half...and shall hold ... 1696 Cocker 112: 8 gallons is a firkin of Ale, Soap or Herrings. ..."

4. Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray (1893)
"Thank you; " and firkin came downstairs in a\jten|pest of ... Briggs too well heard the creaking firkin descend the stairs, and the clink of the spoon and ..."

5. A Collection of the Public General Statutes Passed in the ... Year of the by Great Britain (1840)
"... and Half firkins, by weighing the whole, or such of them as such Officer shall select; and every such Barrel, Half Barrel, firkin, or Half firkin, ..."

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