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 (pôr′ĭn-jər, pŏr′-)
A shallow cup or bowl with a handle.

[Middle English, alteration of potinger, potager, from Old French potager, from potage, soup; see pottage.]
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(Cookery) a small dish, often with a handle, for soup, porridge, etc
[C16: changed from Middle English potinger, poteger, from Old French potager, from potage soup, contents of a pot; see pottage]
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(ˈpɔr ɪn dʒər, ˈpɒr-)

a low dish or cup, often with a handle, from which soup, porridge, or the like is eaten.
[1515–25; variant of earlier poddinger, akin to late Middle English potinger, alter., with inserted nasal, of potager < Middle French. See pottage, -er2]
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Noun1.porringer - a shallow metal bowl (usually with a handle)porringer - a shallow metal bowl (usually with a handle); "the child was eating pottage from a porringer"
bowl - a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods
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When the witch saw that the children had escaped her, she was furious, and, hitting the cat with a porringer, she said: 'Why did you let the children leave the hut?
When he had given him this information, and a tin porringer containing his breakfast, the man locked him up again; and went clattering along the stone passage, opening and shutting a great many other doors, and raising numberless loud echoes which resounded through the building for a long time, as if they were in prison too, and unable to get out.
All this, with the quaint gorgeousness of the old china cups and saucers, and the crested spoons, and a silver cream-jug (Hepzibah's only other article of plate, and shaped like the rudest porringer), set out a board at which the stateliest of old Colonel Pyncheon's guests need not have scorned to take his place.
Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomics in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.
When the bundle was made up for, or on what occasion laid where I found it, I knew not, but when I came to open it I found there was a suit of childbed-linen in it, very good and almost new, the lace very fine; there was a silver porringer of a pint, a small silver mug and six spoons, with some other linen, a good smock, and three silk handkerchiefs, and in the mug, wrapped up in a paper, 18s.
Of this festive composition each boy had one porringer, and no more--except on occasions of great public rejoicing, when he had two ounces and a quarter of bread besides.
The pretty girl went upstairs, leaving Rene to finish his porringer of buckwheat in boiled milk.
She had been very good to me, but I cannot remember that she ever petted me much; besides, she worked out in the fields like a man, poor thing; and if she fondled me at times, she also used to rap my fingers with the spoon if I ate the soup too fast out of the porringer we had between us.
Porringers, small flat bowls for serving porridge; apostle spoons; sauceboats; spice boxes; candlesticks; salt and pepper pots; inkstands and many more domestic objects are all fascinating items.
Sound spills from this clay chrysalis like that of distant tumbrels, or your wagons mounded high with straw-packed mugs and porringers. Slaves--runaways--were the heart of your cargo.
While the Isle aux Morts example dates from Muel's Christian period after 1610, prior to this date Moorish potters crafted the distinctive majolica and lusterware porringers found at Red Bay (Myles, 2007: 124) and other Basque sites on the north shore of the Gulf (Escribano-Ruiz and Barreiro Arguelles, 2016).
It would empty Chamber-pots into the Beds; and fill Porringers with Ashes.