Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small pail, can or ladle with the handle on the side; a lading-can. In the colonial era, some buckets were made like a small barrel, but with one stave left extra long. This stave would be carved into a handle so the bucket could be used as an oversized scoop. It was used on farms for scattering grain for the chickens, slopping the hogs, as a one-handed milk bucket, and as a grain scoop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small wooden pail or tub with an upright stave for a handle, -- often used as a dipper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small wooden vessel with an erect handle formed by continuing one of the staves above the rim.
  • n. A small earthen vessel; a pitcher; also, a shallow vessel provided with a long handle at one side, used as a dipper.
  • n. The joists to which the flooring is fixed; more properly, the pieces on which the boards of the lower floor are fixed.

Etymologies

Origin obscure (possibly Celtic) but dates back at least to the 14th century. Scots; compare Gaelic pigean, diminutive of pigeadh, pige, an earthen jar, pitcher, or pot, Irish pigin, pighead, Welsh piccyn. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.