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  1. Dialect. a small wooden pail or tub with a handle formed by continuing one of the staves above the rim.
  2. cream pail.
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Origin of piggin

First recorded in 1545–55; perhaps akin to pig2
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Examples from the Web for piggin

Historical Examples

  • Every bowl, tray, warming-pan, and piggin has gone to the mines.

    The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California

    Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont

  • I told him the dingey was nearly swamped, and he reached me a piggin.

  • When she reached Lonesome Cove she found the piggin where she had hid it, and milked the cow in haste.

    'way Down In Lonesome Cove

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • As she came up the slope with the piggin on her head, her husband was looking down from the porch with a lowering brow.

    'way Down In Lonesome Cove

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • At length a little negro girl appeared, walking straight as an arrow, with a piggin full of water on her head.

    The Conjure Woman

    Charles W. Chesnutt

British Dictionary definitions for piggin


  1. a small wooden bucket or tubAlso called: pipkin
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Word Origin

C16: origin unknown
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