Portmanteu, sb. 1584. [a. F.; see PORTE- and MANTEAU.] 1. A case or bag for carrying clothing and other necessaries when travelling; now, an oblang stiff leather case, which opens like a book, with hinges in the middle of the back. ||
2. A clothes-rack, an arrangement of pegs to hang clothes on 1727. 3. attrib., as in p. horse, etc.; p. word, a word like those invented by Lewis Carroll made up of the blended sounds and combining the meaning of two distinct words (as slithy, meaning ‘lithe and slimy’).