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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pannikin

sheet, pot, kettle, bucket, saucepan, skillet, vessel, casserole, pail, roaster

Examples from the Web for pannikin

Historical Examples of pannikin

  • 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.

  • This, with a pannikin of tea, and some baker's cakes, constituted their meal.

British Dictionary definitions for pannikin



mainly British a small metal cup or pan

Word Origin for pannikin

C19: from pan 1 + -kin
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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.

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