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[pawr-ter-ij, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tər ɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr-/
the work of a porter or carrier.
the charge for such work.
Origin of porterage
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at porter1, -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for porterage
Historical Examples
  • He then left them, and went alone into the forest to find Maroons for the porterage.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • Between the provision tax, porterage and paddlers, I believe that the people of Bompona have got very little time to themselves.

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The expense involved is very considerable: there is the expense of porterage, which varies from 3d.

  • The lute or regal, however, sometimes took its place, for convenience of porterage.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Soon my two light carpet-bags, which I was not allowed to carry, came up with a fresh demand for porterage.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • Much saving in porterage is thus accomplished; the telegrams are delivered in a few minutes, and rarely, if ever, lost.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • In addition to the porterage of goods they also undertake the hewing of wood, such as is used for warming purposes in the East.

    Turkey Julius R. Van Millingen
  • My bag this time made no great demands on my powers of porterage, consisting as it did of a solitary snipe.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • The man who plunders is no longer a man, he is a machine for porterage, and all who list may treat him as a slave.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • This I was becoming ready, more and more every day, to do; especially as nobody ever now came down for porterage.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for porterage


the work of carrying supplies, goods, etc, done by porters
the charge made for this
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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