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[pawr-ter-ij, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tər ɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr-/
the work of a porter or carrier.
the charge for such work.
Origin of porterage
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see porter1, -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The man who plunders is no longer a man, he is a machine for porterage, and all who list may treat him as a slave.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • He then left them, and went alone into the forest to find Maroons for the porterage.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • A thousand threats have made her porterage a downright office, bluntly performed.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • The lute or regal, however, sometimes took its place, for convenience of porterage.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Between the provision tax, porterage and paddlers, I believe that the people of Bompona have got very little time to themselves.

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The expense involved is very considerable: there is the expense of porterage, which varies from 3d.

  • Soon my two light carpet-bags, which I was not allowed to carry, came up with a fresh demand for porterage.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • Much saving in porterage is thus accomplished; the telegrams are delivered in a few minutes, and rarely, if ever, lost.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • In addition to the porterage of goods they also undertake the hewing of wood, such as is used for warming purposes in the East.

    Turkey Julius R. Van Millingen
  • My bag this time made no great demands on my powers of porterage, consisting as it did of a solitary snipe.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
British Dictionary definitions for porterage


the work of carrying supplies, goods, etc, done by porters
the charge made for this
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