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[pan-i-kin] /ˈpæn ɪ kɪn/
noun, Chiefly British.
a small pan or metal cup.
Origin of pannikin
First recorded in 1815-25; pan1 + -i- + -kin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And with a savage flourish of the pannikin he put it to his lips and drained it.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • I filled a pannikin with the melted wine, which he swallowed thirstily.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • He grinned, emptied the pannikin, and stretched his hands to the fire to warm them.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • He brought her the stuff in a pannikin, believing it was for herself.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • This, with a pannikin of tea, and some baker's cakes, constituted their meal.

  • Steve gulped his tea down, and set the pannikin on the ground.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • So saying, I emptied the pannikin at a gulp, and set it down upon the table.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees Harry Collingwood
  • I asked, as I pushed in my pannikin for more of the refreshing beverage.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • Old Tom mixed a pannikin of grog for Tom, and another for himself.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • “It was a syllogism,” replied the Dominie, taking the pannikin from his mouth.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for pannikin


(mainly Brit) a small metal cup or pan
Word Origin
C19: from pan1 + -kin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pannikin

"small metal cup," 1823, described as a Suffolk dialect word, from pan (n.) + diminutive suffix -kin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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