More about cannikin
Cannikin, “a small can or drinking cup,” is adapted from Middle Dutch cannekijn, “little can,” which is equivalent to Middle Dutch canne, “can,” combined with the diminutive suffix -kijn, “little, small.” Canne and English can may be related to Late Latin canna, “small vessel,” which itself may derive from Latin canna, “reed,” but any potential connections among these four words is controversial. The suffix -kijn is the source of English -kin, as in lambkin, and is related to German -chen, as in Gretchen, “little Margareta.” Cannikin was first recorded in English in the 1560s.
EXAMPLE OF CANNIKIN USED IN A SENTENCE
Minutes after tapping another keg of mead, cannikins and goblets across the dining hall were filled to their brims—and quickly emptied.