- the amount filling a pail.
Origin of pail
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for pail
Homer uses metaphor—‘it was so crowded, it was like bees swarming over a pail of milk.’Denis O’Hare Talks About One-Man Show “An Iliad”
March 25, 2012
Let us try to set aside—preferably forever—the image of the ever-immaculate Romney crouched bare-assed over a pail.Mitt Romney's 'Missionary in France' Tale Won't Make Us Forget He's Rich
December 15, 2011
He disappeared only to return with a pail of cold water to temper the first.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
This man asked me where I was bound with my pail, and I told him.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Take it out with a wooden ladle, and put it into a small tub or pail.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Then he went forward, and drew the pail from Amelia's unwilling grasp.Tiverton Tales
But the others could find no fault with it, and Sereno drained the pail.Meadow Grass
- a bucket, esp one made of wood or metal
- Also called: pailful the quantity that fills a pail
Word Origin and History for pail
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, probably from Old French paele, paelle "cooking or frying pan, warming pan;" also a liquid measure, from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, platter," diminutive of patina "broad shallow pan, stewpan" (see pan (n.)).
Old English had pægel "wine vessel," but etymology does not support a connection. This Old English word possibly is from Medieval Latin pagella "a measure," from Latin pagella "column," diminutive of pagina (see page (n.1)).