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  1. a small, earthen pot.
  2. British Dialect. a piggin.
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Origin of pipkin

1555–65; perhaps pipe2 + -kin
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Examples from the Web for pipkin

Historical Examples

  • But if the pipkin is pretty, and A or B breaks it, there is national loss, not otherwise.

    The Crown of Wild Olive

    John Ruskin

  • “Yes, sir,” said Quagga; and Pipkin received the brutal command.

    Lady Eureka, v. 1 (of 3)

    Robert Folkestone Williams

  • Then transfer them (with the gravy) to an earthen stew-pan or pipkin.

  • Skim this off, and removing the pipkin from the fire, strain the Liquor.

    The Toilet of Flora

    Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz

  • Miss Pipkin left him and hurried into the kitchen for broom and duster.

    Captain Pott's Minister

    Francis L. Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for pipkin


  1. a small metal or earthenware vessel
  2. another name for piggin
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Word Origin

C16: perhaps a diminutive of pipe ²; see -kin
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