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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n porringer a shallow metal bowl (usually with a handle) "the child was eating pottage from a porringer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Porringer A porridge dish; esp., a bowl or cup from which children eat or are fed; as, a silver porringer .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n porringer Originally, a porridge-dish; hence, a small vessel deeper than a plate or saucer, usually having upright sides, a nearly flat bottom, and one or two ears.
    • n porringer A head-dress shaped like a porringer: so called in jest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Porringer por′in-jėr a small dish for porridge:
    • Porringer Also Porr′enger
    • n Porringer por′in-jėr (Shak.) a head-dress shaped like such a dish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pottanger, for pottager,; cf. F. potager, a soup basin. See Porridge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From porrige=porridge, with inserted n as in passenger.


In literature:

Win-Grace Porringer shook his head.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Porringers of pewter, and occasionally of silver, were much used at the table, chiefly for children to eat from.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
He next poured out a porringer of milk, to which he afterwards added one-third of the peach pie, and several platesful of rice pudding.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pewter porringers were highly prized.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
I value this porringer more than almost any of my possessions.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
Solomon, put down that porringer and go ask Betsey to wash your face.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
Then my friend gave me a silver porringer full of wine-and-water.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
When she saw my open eyes she went to a porringer placed at the top of the stove, and fed me with soup.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
The women were at work melting their pewter porringers into bullets.
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
She detached the porringer, milked the cow and drank the sweet milk with delight.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
Gretel flew to the closet and filled a porringer with the food he liked, and put it upon the floor.
"Hans Brinker" by Mary Mapes Dodge
Porringers: Diameter 5-1/2"; height 2-3/4".
"North Devon Pottery and Its Export to America in the 17th Century" by C. Malcolm Watkins
I gave a silver porringer, Maud a rattle with silver bells; lunch followed.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
Porringer, the enchanted, i.
"Zoological Mythology (Volume II)" by Angelo de Gubernatis
A porringer would do for the vase, and I had one which was used for cooking eggs in butter.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But bring me that big porringer, and we'll put by enough for you and me.
"The Smuggler: (Vol's I-III)" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford James
There was always that old silver porringer, sitting prim and lady-like upon the sideboard.
"Georgina of the Rainbows" by Annie Fellows Johnston
At last Gregory ordered the silver porringer which his mother Sylvia had given to him to be handed to the mendicant.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
Here's PARKER'S list, and PORRINGE'S, and SPRITELEY'S.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105 December 9, 1893" by Various
Di say it's the prettiest porringer she ever saw.
"Christmas Roses and Other Stories" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

A bowl of straw to deck the head,
Like porringer unmeaning ;
A bunch of POPPIES flaming red,
With motly ribands streaming.
"Female Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson