Definition of pannikin in US English:



  • A small metal drinking cup.

    ‘a pannikin of water’
    • ‘At the end of a hard day's work the men would drink down a big pannikin of scalding hot tea, and feel that it was a pretty good world.’
    • ‘Neither words nor time are wasted as pannikins of tea are drunk and braised steak is eaten.’
    • ‘The raintrees provided a cover of dappled sunlight for guests as they quaffed jam and scones with a cup of tea served in pannikins by women in pinafores and lace caps, all in aid of the 125th anniversary of the Territory's first homestead.’


Early 19th century: from pan, on the pattern of cannikin.