can·​ni·​kin ˈka-ni-kən How to pronounce cannikin (audio)
: a small can or drinking vessel

Word History


probably from obsolete Dutch kanneken, from Middle Dutch canneken, diminutive of canne can; akin to Old English canne can

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cannikin was in 1509

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“Cannikin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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