[ pawr-in-jer, por- ]
/ ˈpɔr ɪn dʒər, ˈpɒr- /


a low dish or cup, often with a handle, from which soup, porridge, or the like is eaten.

Origin of porringer

1515–25; variant of earlier poddinger, akin to late Middle English potinger, nasalized variant of potager < Middle French. See pottage, -er2
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/ (ˈpɒrɪndʒə) /


a small dish, often with a handle, for soup, porridge, etc

Word Origin for porringer

C16: changed from Middle English potinger, poteger, from Old French potager, from potage soup, contents of a pot; see pottage
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Word Origin and History for porringer



late 15c., alteration of potynger, potager "small dish for stew," from Middle English potage (see pottage) by the same course of changes that produced porridge; and with intrusive -n- by 1530s (cf. passenger).

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