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

  • n. A small can or cup.
  • n. A small wooden bucket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of canakin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small can or drinking vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little can or cup. Also written canakin.
  • n. A wooden bucket for holding sugar, rice, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wooden bucket
  • n. a small can


Dutch kanneken (from Middle Dutch cannekijn, diminutive of canne, can) and Flemish cannikin, diminutive of cann, can.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • a kin to a bucket?

    September 4, 2010

  • spelling variants within the text: kannikin and canakin

    June 15, 2009

  • "'Aye, aye, my merry lads, it's a lively leak this; hold a cannikin, one of ye, and let's have a taste. By the Lord, it's worth bottling!'"

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 54

    July 25, 2008