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  • n. A container used for urinating or defecating when it is not possible or convenient to use a bathroom or toilet; a bedpan, a chamber pot. Commonly used in hospitals, where it is normally called bedpan. Formerly used in private residences that were without an indoor toilet or bathroom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pail or bucket for receiving slops or soiled water.


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  • There were, in chief, a basin and a jug of water and a slop-pail of tin, and, further, a piece of yellow soap in a tray, a tooth-brush, a rat-tailed shaving brush, one huckaback towel, and one or two other minor articles.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • To go to communion worthily gives God great glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop-pail, give him glory too.

    a not so stunning conclusion

  • The tiny bowls and pitchers that furnish an ordinary German washstand, and the absence of slop-pail and foot-bath, are sufficient proof that only partial ablutions are expected to be performed in the bed-chamber; while the lack of a bath-room in even genteel houses, and the smallness and rarity of bathing establishments, show that the practice is by no means frequent or general among the better classes.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 87, March, 1875

  • Many a case of typhoid fever can be traced to the cook's slop-pail, or closets, or sink, and no lady should be careless of looking into all these places.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • One day she came upon him standing before her wardrobe, feeling in the pockets of her dresses, and on another occasion she discovered him unawares in her bedroom, picking little scraps of paper out of the slop-pail and piecing them together to see what she had been writing.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • He used to forget to empty the chief's slop-pail, and the water would overflow the cabin.


  • Iván entered, sullen and cross; threw the cat down from the bench, and scolded the women for putting the slop-pail in the wrong place.

    Twenty-Three Tales

  • Sophist -- drenched with that woman's slop-pail of words and blinded for the moment, received his portion of mutton and drew aside, vanquished amid peals of laughter, of which he guessed only from its note that the allusion had been disgusting.

    Brother Copas

  • This is convenient, as the whole of the ground beneath the house can thus be used as a slop-pail, waste-basket, and rubbish heap.

    In Court and Kampong Being Tales and Sketches of Native Life in the Malay Peninsula

  • "Yes, miss," said Maggie, quite close, coming out of Mr. Povey's chamber with a slop-pail.

    The Old Wives' Tale


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