Definitions

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

  • n. A leather or fur pouch worn at the front of the kilt in the traditional dress of men of the Scottish Highlands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small pouch, usually made of either fur or plain or fur-trimmed leather, which is worn, suspended from a belt or chain, on the front of a kilt and used to hold various items normally carried in pants pockets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large purse or pouch made of skin with the hair or fur on, worn in front of the kilt by Highlanders when in full dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Highland costume, the purse hanging down from the belt in front of the kilt.

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

  • n. a fur or leather pouch worn at the front of the kilt as part of the traditional dress of Scottish Highlanders

Etymologies

Scottish Gaelic sporan, from Middle Irish sparán, possibly from Late Latin bursa, bag; see bursa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scottish Gaelic sporan ("purse"), from Old Irish sboran, from Late Latin bursa ("purse"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The sporran is a kind of belt purse, Shari explained.

    The Lancaster Men

  • That "sporran" was really a kind of movable curtain or screen; and beneath it, Bowman was quite sure, would be the mouth, handily placed at the entrance to the stomach.

    Tin

  • Too bad it replaced the already existing "sporran", which describes exactly the same kind of thing.

    languagehat.com: PSEUDOENGLISCH.

  • Clothing was generally confined to a kind of sporran, elaborately patterned with symbols, to leave glands and mahogany fur available for signals.

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

  • A stark-naked savage this, and devoid of all adornment excepting a waist-belt of plaited grass and a "sporran" of similar material.

    Spinifex and Sand

  • We are going to have to dig way down deep in the sporran to replace it.

    Three Cheers for Mrs Beamish

  • When Baker met the king of Buganda, he appeared in full Highland dress: kilt, sporran and Glengarry bonnet all complete in the heart of Africa.

    To the Source

  • It took a team of surgeons several hours to remove the embedded ball from under his sporran.

    What Is It? Game 112

  • Instead he rested his back against a nearby trunk and dug into his sporran until his fingers closed over the carved stone Leah had worn around her neck.

    Healing the Highlander

  • The silver coins he pulled from his sporran landed with a dull thud when he dropped them through the slot into the coffer.

    Healing the Highlander

Comments

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  • Wasn't it referred to on the Johnny Carson Show as "that hairy thing Scotsmen have below their kilt"?

    December 25, 2008

  • Well, there's that.

    December 9, 2008

  • Hell yeah. I wouldn't have to do anything to make people laugh--just walk down the street. A visible, effortless comedy act.

    Not to mention the bonus of having Elmo decapitated.

    December 9, 2008

  • You would? Down...you know...where sporrans are worn?

    December 9, 2008

  • Now, a full-mask Elmo sporran, I'd think about wearing that.

    December 9, 2008

  • Sam had already profited handsomely from the public's esurient craving for fresh Tickle-Me-Elmo paraphernalia, when he figured out a clever way of making "Elmo sampans" by deft evagination of old sporrans, and his market research team was already investigating potential demand for a series of "Elmo's Everest adventures" manufactured, using the best faux-samizdat techniques, to look like actual sherpa journals.

    (The challenge was to use the words esurient, evagination, sporran, samizdat, and sampan in a single sentence).

    December 9, 2008

  • I won't tell you what happened when I was corralled into the Skunk Full Mask Sporran option.
    *sulks*

    December 9, 2008

  • Yikes. I just made a pink sporran. =:-O

    December 9, 2008

  • You can build one here.

    December 8, 2008

  • How could a true Scotsman not include this?

    January 18, 2007

  • How could a true Scotsman not include this?

    January 18, 2007