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[pan-i-kin] /ˈpæn ɪ kɪn/
noun, Chiefly British.
a small pan or metal cup.
Origin of pannikin
1815-25; pan1 + -i- + -kin Unabridged
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  • One day he threw a pannikin of hot tea over one of them, and then his case was investigated.

    The Road Jack London
  • This, with a pannikin of tea, and some baker's cakes, constituted their meal.

  • Ulick drew a pannikin of water and offered it to Constans that he might bathe his face, which was badly puffed and marked.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Steve gulped his tea down, and set the pannikin on the ground.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • With his eyes still on the man at the door, he fumbled for the pannikin of whiskey and gulped it down.

  • So saying, I emptied the pannikin at a gulp, and set it down upon the table.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees Harry Collingwood
  • He grinned, emptied the pannikin, and stretched his hands to the fire to warm them.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • “It was a syllogism,” replied the Dominie, taking the pannikin from his mouth.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Slowly he tilted up his pannikin and let the water flow in a thin stream into his mouth, keeping the metal away from his lips.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • He took his liquor at a gulp, and passed the pannikin to his mate.

British Dictionary definitions for pannikin


(mainly Brit) a small metal cup or pan
Word Origin
C19: from pan1 + -kin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pannikin

"small metal cup," 1823, described as a Suffolk dialect word, from pan (n.) + diminutive suffix -kin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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