light porter

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light porter (plural light porters)

  1. (obsolete, chiefly Victorian) A worker whose duties involve carrying light (i.e., not heavy) packages, as in a bank.
  2. A type of porter ale lighter in color than the typical dark porter.
    • Nearly all bitter drinks are good.... Here at least I think England cannot match Ireland, for our stouts are, as a rule, too sweet and "clammy." But there used to be in the country districts a sort of light porter which was one of the most refreshing liquids conceivable for hot weather. —George Saintsbury, Notes on a Cellar Book, 1920