[pawr-ter-ij, pohr-]


the work of a porter or carrier.
the charge for such work.

Origin of porterage

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at porter1, -age
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Examples from the Web for porterage

Historical Examples of porterage

  • He then left them, and went alone into the forest to find Maroons for the porterage.

    On the Spanish Main

    John Masefield

  • Between the provision tax, porterage and paddlers, I believe that the people of Bompona have got very little time to themselves.

    The Crime of the Congo

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The expense involved is very considerable: there is the expense of porterage, which varies from 3d.

  • The lute or regal, however, sometimes took its place, for convenience of porterage.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • Soon my two light carpet-bags, which I was not allowed to carry, came up with a fresh demand for porterage.

    Glances at Europe

    Horace Greeley

British Dictionary definitions for porterage



the work of carrying supplies, goods, etc, done by porters
the charge made for this
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