- a low dish or cup, often with a handle, from which soup, porridge, or the like is eaten.
Origin of porringer
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Examples from the Web for porringer
Two dogs are running: one after game, and another to a porringer.
It is derived from the Welsh posned, a porringer or little dish.Customs and Fashions in Old New England
Alice Morse Earle
There was a sort of porringer of farina, and some cakes of the same substance.The Three Midshipmen
I have the old Vanderdecken porringer, if it is the one with the cow on the cover.
I value this porringer more than almost any of my possessions.
- a small dish, often with a handle, for soup, porridge, etc
C16: changed from Middle English potinger, poteger, from Old French potager, from potage soup, contents of a pot; see pottage
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Word Origin and History for porringer
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