Definition of Porringer

1. Noun. A shallow metal bowl (usually with a handle). "The child was eating pottage from a porringer"

Generic synonyms: Bowl

Definition of Porringer

1. n. A porridge dish; esp., a bowl or cup from which children eat or are fed; as, a silver porringer.

Definition of Porringer

1. Noun. A small cup or bowl usually with a handle. ¹

2. Noun. A small, pewter dish that colonial Americans ate their porridge from. ¹

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Definition of Porringer

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Porringer

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Literary usage of Porringer

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1. The Confessions of an English Opium-eater by Thomas De Quincey (1913)
"And often after sunset, sir, When it is light and fair, I take my little porringer, And eat my supper there. My stockings there I often knit, ..."

2. Copper Work: An Illustrated Text Book for Teachers and Students in the by Augustus Foster Rose (1908)
"porringer. The making of a porringer serves as a very interesting exercise; and it is so simple in form that it can be raised after very little experience. ..."

3. The Connoisseur by George Colman, B. Thornton (1904)
"PYS porringer, LONDON, l66l 6 IN'. HIGH The section devoted to foreign plate is noteworthy for the great collection of German silver-work belonging to Mr. ..."

4. Christian Baptism: As Delivered to the Churches by the Evangelists and by Thomas Baldwin (1812)
"... favors sprinkling, and that the definition of it \vere, a bason, a porringer, a sprinkling place, a Vessel to sprinkle from, ..."

5. The History of Romanism: from the Earliest Corruptions of Christianity to by John Dowling (1845)
"This ridiculous fable of the journey through the air of the Santa Casa, porringer and all, irresistibly reminds one of the famous feat, recorded by Mother ..."

6. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1862)
"From porridge is formed porringer (as messenger from message), a vessel for holding porridge; more correctly called pottenger in Devonshire. ..."

7. The Sportsman's Dictionary: Or The Gentleman's Companion: for Town and ...Sports (1800)
"... in an earthen porringer over a gentle fire, and itir till it is thick ; keep it ma leaden porringer, and with it rub the hook, or the ends of the line, ..."

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