Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of Porter

Explanation of porter by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. carry luggage or supplies

    2. They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists
    1. a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley

    2. someone who guards an entrance

    3. a railroad employee who assists passengers ( especially on sleeping cars )

    4. a person employed to carry luggage and supplies

    5. United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry ( 1862-1910 )

    6. United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies ( 1891-1946 )

    7. United States writer of novels and short stories ( 1890-1980 )

    Definition of porter by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Porter n. [F. portier, L. portarius, from porta a gate, door. See Port a gate.] A man who has charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper; one who waits at the door to receive messages. Shak.

      To him the porter openeth. John x. 3.

    2. Porter, n. [F. porteur, fr. porter to carry, L. portare. See Port to carry.]
      1. A carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage, etc.; for hire.

      2. ( Forging ) A bar of iron or steel at the end of which a forging is made; esp., a long, large bar, to the end of which a heavy forging is attached, and by means of which the forging is lifted and handled in hammering and heating; -- called also porter bar.

      3. A malt liquor, of a dark color and moderately bitter taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities.

      ☞ Porter is said to be so called as having been first used chiefly by the London porters, and this application of the word is supposed to be not older than 1750.