From crocker (“(obsolete) potter”) + -ery (suffix with the sense ‘a class, group, or collection of’ forming nouns). Crocker is derived from crock (“earthenware or stoneware jar or storage container”) + -er (suffix attached to nouns indicating persons whose occupations are indicated by the nouns); crock is from Middle English crok, crokke (“earthenware jar, pot, or other container; cauldron; belly, stomach”) [and other forms], from Old English crocc, crocca (“crock, pot, vessel”) [and other forms], from Proto-Germanic *krukkō, *krukkô (“vessel”), from Proto-Indo-European *growg- (“vessel”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɒkəɹi/, /ˈkrɒkɹi/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɑk(ə)ɹi/
- Hyphenation: crock‧e‧ry
- Crocks or earthenware vessels, especially domestic utensils, collectively.
- 1843, W[illiam] M[akepeace] Thackeray, “From Waterford to Cork”, in The Irish Sketch Book, London; Glasgow: Collins’ Clear-type Press, OCLC 10228646, page 60:
- All the street was lined with wretched hucksters and their merchandise of gooseberries, green apples, children's dirty cakes, cheap crockeries, brushes, and tin-ware; among which objects the people were swarming about busily.
- Dishes, plates, and similar tableware collectively, usually made of some ceramic material, used for serving food on and eating from.
- ^ “crockery, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2018; “crockery, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- ^ “crokke, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- ^ “crock, n.1”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2021; “crock1, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.