Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small earthenware or metal cooking pot.

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  • n. A small earthen boiler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small earthen boiler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small earthen pot, with or without a cover and with a horizontal handle.
  • n. A small wooden tub the handle of which is formed by the vertical prolongation of one of the staves.

Etymologies

Possibly pip(e), cask + -kin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • She took a pipkin from the hearth, where a small fire burned, though it was summer weather, as Dickie could see by the green tree-tops that swayed and moved outside in the sun, poured some gruel out of it into a silver basin.

    Harding's Luck

  • Why, the pipkin was about as much as you could manage. '

    Tales of the Punjab

  • Mix them together by melting in a pipkin over the fire; and suffer them to boil till they acquire so stiff a consistence that, being dropt into water while of this boiling heat, they will not spread on the surface of it, but form a roundish mass or lump.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • The cement being thus formed, may be poured out of the pipkin in the water, and made into cakes or rolls for use. of this cement, take an equal weight with that of the calcined lapis lazuli, and melt it in a glazed earthen pipkin; but not so as to render it too fluid.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • O thou tomb! neither cess pool nor pipkin art to me

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Mr. Benjamin Allen drew forth, from the same hiding – place, a small brass pipkin, which Bob Sawyer observed he prided himself upon, particularly because it looked so business – like.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • The wretched Sampson took a few short sips of the liquor, which immediately distilled itself into burning tears, and in that form came rolling down his cheeks into the pipkin again, turning the colour of his face and eyelids to a deep red, and giving rise to a violent fit of coughing, in the midst of which he was still heard to declare, with the constancy of a martyr, that it was ‘beautiful indeed!’

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • Before it stood a pipkin, in which something was evidently kept warm.

    Two on a Tower

  • By steve pipkin-savage (about the author) Page 1 of 3 page (s) opednews. com Permalink

    Iraq: Assumptions Moving Forward

  • You poor little earthenware pipkin, you want to swim down the stream along with the great copper kettles.

    Vanity Fair

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  • Reminds me of that song in the video of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester, which recalls very fond memories of watching it with young spawn. *aww*

    January 7, 2009

  • (n): an old-fashioned cooking pot with or without little feet.

    January 7, 2009

  • "We are most of us like Don Quixote, to whom a windmill was a giant, and Dulcinea a magnificent princess: all more or less the dupes of our own imagination, though we do not all go so far as to see ghosts, or to fancy ourselves pipkins and teapots."

    - Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, ch. 12

    September 3, 2008