AskDefine | Define porter

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1 a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
2 someone who guards an entrance [syn: doorkeeper, doorman, door guard, hall porter, gatekeeper, ostiary]
3 United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980) [syn: Katherine Anne Porter]
4 United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946) [syn: Cole Porter, Cole Albert Porter]
5 United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910) [syn: William Sydney Porter, O. Henry]
6 a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars) [syn: Pullman porter]
7 a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley [syn: porter's beer] v : carry luggage or supplies; "They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A person who carries luggage and related objects.
    By the time I reached the train station I was exhausted, but fortunately there was a porter waiting.
  2. In the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away.
  3. A strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong.
  4. (Ireland) Another name for stout.


a person who carries luggage and related objects
  • Kurdish:
in the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away
a strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong
(Ireland) another name for stout

See also



From portare.



  1. to carry
  2. to wear

Related terms


Extensive Definition

Porter is a common surname or given name; and it may also refer to:
In occupations:
  • Porter (railroad), railroad employee who assists passengers
  • Porter (carrier), person who carries objects
  • Porter (college), member of staff in many of the colleges of the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Durham
  • Porter (doorkeeper), one of the minor orders of the Roman Catholic ministry; doorkeeper or gatekeeper
  • Deal porter, dockworker specializing in handling baulks of softwood
  • Groom Porter, official in charge of gambling in the Tudor court; the owner or operator of a gaming hall
In other uses:

See also

porter in German: Porter
porter in Spanish: Porter
porter in French: Porter
porter in Italian: Porter
porter in Dutch: Porter
porter in Japanese: ポーター
porter in Polish: Porter
porter in Russian: Портер (значения)
porter in Simple English: Porter
porter in Volapük: Porter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Aquarius, Ganymede, Hebe, baggage man, bakehead, bearer, bheesty, brakeman, brakie, busboy, butcher, caddie, caretaker, cargo handler, carrier, carrier pigeon, carter, cerberus, cleaner, common carrier, concierge, conductor, conveyer, coolie, cupbearer, dispatcher, doorkeeper, doorman, drayman, express, expressman, fireman, footplate man, freighter, gatekeeper, guard, gun bearer, hauler, homing pigeon, janitor, letter carrier, lineman, litter-bearer, ostiary, railroad man, railroader, receptionist, redcap, shield-bearer, skycap, smoke agent, stationmaster, stevedore, stoker, stretcher-bearer, super, superintendent, switchman, the Water Bearer, trainboy, trainman, trainmaster, transporter, truck driver, trucker, usher, wagoner, warden, watchman, water boy, water carrier, yardman, yardmaster
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