One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small bowl, typically with a handle, used for soup, stew, or similar dishes.
dish, basin, pan, pot, crock, crucible, mortarView synonyms
- ‘Although porringers were often made of pewter, this specimen is a fragmentary shallow brass dish with a decorative handle that measured approximately 14 cm in diameter.’
- ‘Eddy slurped up what remained of his stew and sent his porringer down the table.’
- ‘Once that was finished, I was to start putting the stew into the porringers and ring the meal bell.’
- ‘One vessel, a stoneware porringer with twisted handles, painted cobalt blue, is a form uncommon for the time, and has not appeared at other American colonial sites.’
- ‘Now a rare silver porringer - a small dish for soup or porridge - inscribed with the words ‘The gift of Sir Thomas Herbert’ is coming up for sale at the London auction house on October 11.’
Late Middle English (earlier as potager and pottinger): from Old French potager, from potage ‘contents of a pot’.
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