from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A shallow cup or bowl with a handle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, a porridge-dish; hence, a small vessel deeper than a plate or saucer, usually having upright sides, a nearly flat bottom, and one or two ears.
  • noun A head-dress shaped like a porringer: so called in jest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A porridge dish; esp., a bowl or cup from which children eat or are fed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small cup or bowl usually with a handle.
  • noun A small, pewter dish that colonial Americans ate their porridge from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shallow metal bowl (usually with a handle)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, alteration of potinger, potager, from Old French potager, from potage, soup; see pottage.]


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  • "... readymade suits, porringers of toad in the hole ..." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008

  • Sangrado then sent me for a surgeon of his own choosing, and took from him six good porringers of blood, by way of a beginning, to remedy this obstinate obstruction.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 2 ch. 2

    September 13, 2008

  • Citation on Spain.

    April 14, 2010

  • ""Can I see that?" he said, "What is that?"

    It was a baby porringer."

    "On the Job" by Diane Williams, in Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty, p 29

    December 31, 2012

  • Awesome! Rhymes with oranger!

    January 1, 2013

  • On Pewter Porringers

    From "looter" we know there is "loot,"

    What use does a porringer suit?

    Am I able to porringe

    The juice of an orange?

    Does pewter insinuate "pewt?"

    February 24, 2014

  • See also posset-cup, posset-pot.

    August 2, 2015