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[pawr-in-jer, por-] /ˈpɔr ɪn dʒər, ˈpɒr-/
a low dish or cup, often with a handle, from which soup, porridge, or the like is eaten.
Origin of porringer
1515-25; variant of earlier poddinger, akin to late Middle English potinger, nasalized variant of potager < Middle French. See pottage, -er2 Unabridged
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  • And speaking of silver, I have wished for years that I could find a trace of the old Vanderdecken porringer.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • It is derived from the Welsh posned, a porringer or little dish.

  • I have the old Vanderdecken porringer, if it is the one with the cow on the cover.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • There was a sort of porringer of farina, and some cakes of the same substance.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Galope-Chopine turned pale himself and dropped his porringer on the table.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
  • I value this porringer more than almost any of my possessions.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • Miss-Lay'd, who left her porringer of flour and milk where the cat got at it.

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • porringer, (from porridge) 'a vessel in which broth is eaten.'

  • A crust of bread and an onion in the morning, a porringer of soup in the evening, and for the night a bundle of straw.

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • He had not much trouble in finishing what was left in the porringer.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for porringer


a small dish, often with a handle, for soup, porridge, etc
Word Origin
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

late 15c., alteration of potynger, potager "small dish for stew," from Middle English potage (see pottage) by the same course of changes that produced porridge; and with intrusive -n- by 1530s (cf. passenger).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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