Definitions

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  • n. A little can or cup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little can or cup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cannikin, 1.

Etymologies

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Diminutive of can with -kin.

Examples

  • "Ho, landlord!" cried the Peddler, "bring this good fellow another pot of ale, for truly it is a credit to us all to have one among us who can empty a canakin so lustily."

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

  • Tashtego, lad, I'd have ye hold a canakin to the jet, and we'd drink round it!

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • Where does chivalry at last become something more than a mere procession of plumes and armor, to be lamented by Burke, except in some of the less ambitious verses of the Trouvères, where we hear the canakin clink too emphatically, perhaps, but which at least paint living men and possible manners?

    The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays

  • Then, Tashtego, lad, I'd have ye hold a canakin to the jet, and we'd drink round it!

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • They look not too close into the shape of the canakin, nor into the host's reckoning: with them and with their purses 'tis lightly come, and lightly go.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • He loved the "nipperkin, canakin, and the brown bowl" more than they deserve.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • I’d have ye hold a canakin to the jet, and we’d drink round it!

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Stutely must needs snatch a kiss from the stout hostess, and got a canakin of ale emptied over his head for his pains. "

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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  • His passion was waxen tableaux

    With every small detail just so,

    Like miniature canakins

    In hands of wee mannequins

    In the Mad Hatters tea at Tussaud's.

    March 29, 2016