One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who draws, pours out, or serves drink, especially alcohol; a tapster.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Patten (d. ?1598), author. From skink + -er. Compare Middle Dutch schenker, scenker, scinker, sceinker (early modern Dutch schinkere), Middle Low German schenker (German regional (Low German) schenker), Middle High German schenker (German Schenker).
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