firkin

noun fir·kin \ ˈfər-kən \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of firkin

1 : a small wooden vessel or cask
2 : any of various British units of capacity usually equal to ¹/₄ barrel

Examples of firkin in a Sentence

  1. the innkeeper opened up a firkin of his special ale for the weary travelers

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Origin and Etymology of firkin

Middle English, ultimately from Middle Dutch veerdel fourth, from veer four; akin to Old English fēower — more at four


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