Definition of Porter

1. Noun. A person employed to carry luggage and supplies.

Generic synonyms: Jack, Laborer, Labourer, Manual Laborer
Specialized synonyms: Redcap, Skycap
Derivative terms: Port

2. Verb. Carry luggage or supplies. "They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists"
Generic synonyms: Carry, Transport
Derivative terms: Porterage, Porterage

3. Noun. Someone who guards an entrance.

4. Noun. United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980).
Exact synonyms: Katherine Anne Porter
Generic synonyms: Author, Writer

5. Noun. United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946).
Exact synonyms: Cole Albert Porter, Cole Porter
Generic synonyms: Composer

6. Noun. United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910).
Exact synonyms: O. Henry, William Sydney Porter
Generic synonyms: Author, Writer

7. Noun. A railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars).
Exact synonyms: Pullman Porter
Generic synonyms: Employee

8. Noun. A very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley.
Exact synonyms: Porter's Beer
Generic synonyms: Ale

Definition of Porter

1. n. A man who has charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper; one who waits at the door to receive messages.

2. n. A carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage, etc.; for hire.

Definition of Porter

1. Noun. A person who carries luggage and related objects. ¹

2. Noun. A person in control of the entrance to a building ¹

3. Noun. In the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away. ¹

4. Noun. A strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong. ¹

5. Noun. (Ireland) Another name for the malt brew stout. ¹

6. Noun. (computing) One who ports software (converts it to another platform). ¹

7. Verb. To serve as a porter, to carry. ¹

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Definition of Porter

1. to act as a porter (one who carries luggage) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Porter

porter (current term)
porter's beer
porterhouse steak

Literary usage of Porter

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1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"Sci Am 112:493 My 29 '15 porter, Russell W. Astronomy in the arctic. Sci Am S 79:39 Ja 15 '15 porter, TL, and Gowdy, RC Fundamental equations of mechanics. ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1896)
"On 7 and 30 March 1668-9 Pepys had interviews with porter, ... So far as porter was concerned, the chief result of the dispute was to bring him into ..."

3. Annual Report by American Tract Society (1854)
"porter, Rev. Stephen, Mount Morris, NY porter, Mrs. Mary T., Springfield, Mass. ... porter, Jane Elizabeth, Plymouth, Mass. Porteus, Thomas, Brooklyn ..."

4. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"... forth out at an hole As man that was full slye The porter had ... Than spake hot one alone, " Undo the gatis, porter, and Late us in ..."

5. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1915)
"porter, Д. Е. Distribution of enzymes decomposing fat, lecithin and wax in ... porter, JE Filter for liquids or gases, P, 4; porous material for rapid ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"porter was in the defenses of Washington 2-13 September, ... Numerous appeals were made for a reopening of the case, and porter himself several times ..."

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