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An illustration by Sydney Prior Hall for a story entitled “Christmas-tide with the Germans before Paris” in Harper's New Monthly Magazine (January 1886): “The mobile officer [] became still cheerier when, on our return to the hut, it was found that the skillful man in the white cap was waiting for us with a steaming jorum of egg-flip.”[1]

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Origin uncertain; perhaps from the Hebrew name Joram, who “brought with him [to King David] vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass” (Bible (King James Version), 2 Samuel 8:10; compare Jeroboam); or from Arabic جَرَّه ‎(jarrah, earthen receptacle).



jorum ‎(countable and uncountable, plural jorums)

  1. (countable) A large vessel for drinking (usually alcoholic beverages).
  2. (countable, figuratively) A large quantity.
    • 1882, Routledge's Every Boy's Annual, London; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, OCLC 7602546, page 424:
      Let the rain fall as heavily as it pleased, and the sticks be saturated through and through, as we ourselves were often enough! we never failed to boil our jorams of tea!
    • 1955, Fred[erick] Coyne Hamil, Lake Erie Baron: The Story of Colonel Thomas Talbot, Toronto: Macmillan Company of Canada, OCLC 855281259, page 254:
      "There they were," Julius wrote, "one supporting the poor little fellow with her arm—the other pouring jorams of the delicious drink of China down his lilly white throat. []"
  3. (countable, uncountable) The contents, or quantity of the contents, of such a vessel.
    • 1812, J. F. N[eville], “A Rondeau by a French Joiner, Who Did Not Know His Letters!”, in Leisure-moments in the Camp and in the Guard-room, York: Printed by Thomas Wilson and Son, for the Author; and sold by J. Hatchard, bookseller to Her Majesty, opposite Albany, Piccadilly, London; and by J. and G. Todd, Stonegate, York, OCLC 931367246, page 13:
      To cure you at once of sciatical pains, / That hamper your body in dolorous pains, / And keep you confin'd in your sheets without motion, / Take me two jorams of wine for a potion, / Reserving two glasses by way of a lotion, / Which warm you'll apply to the part that's affected, / Then tip the remainder, as I have directed, / To cure you.
    • 1833 July, “No. III. Evenings at Saint's, by the Society of Free Fellows”, in Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, editor, The North American Magazine, volume II, number IX, Philadelphia, Pa.: C. Sherman & Co., No 19 St James Street. Office of Publication, 29 South Tenth Street, OCLC 10212411, page 192:
      Let Politicians a' gae daft, / Their tricks, how I abhor 'em! / Di'el nick the silly, wily craft, / They're no worth half a jorum. / So push about.
    • 1843, William Goodman, The Social History of Great Britain During the Reigns of the Stuarts, Beginning with the Seventeenth Century, Being the Period of Settling the United States. With Numerous Engravings, volume I, New York, N.Y.: William H. Colyer, No. 5 Hague-street, OCLC 1081481, page 116:
      At Christmas he entertained his tenants and tradesmen in this ball, when, with jorums after jorums, / "Let the horn go rounde, / Let the quart pot sounde, / Let each one do as he's done to;" Beaumont.

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  • jar (possibly related)


  1. ^ “Christmas-tide with the Germans before Paris”, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume LXXII, issue CCCCXXVIII, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, January 1886, OCLC 924884025, page 274.