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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɒtə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒtə(ɹ)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English pottere, from late Old English pottere (potter), equivalent to pot +‎ -er, influenced by Old French potier (potter). More at pot. Displaced Old English crocwyrhta (literally pot worker).


potter (plural potters)

  1. One who makes pots and other ceramic wares.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 453,
      shoemakers, weavers, potters, bronzeworkers who produced and purveyed the articles necessary for daily life.
  2. One who places flowers or other plants inside their pots.
  3. One who pots meats or other eatables.
  4. One who hawks crockery or earthenware.
    • 1829, Thomas De Quincey, "Professor Wilson", in Edinburgh Literary Gazette
      the convivial society of gipsies, tinkers, potters, strolling players, &c.
  5. The red-bellied terrapin, Pseudemys rubriventris (species of turtle).
  6. The chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia.
Derived terms[edit]


  • (Biblical) Bratcher, Dennis Bratcher (2006), The Potter, The Voice CRI/Voice Institute[1]

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Etymology 2[edit]

Frequentative of pote, equivalent to pote +‎ -er. Cognate with Dutch poteren, peuteren (to poke, pry, search).

Alternative forms[edit]


potter (third-person singular simple present potters, present participle pottering, simple past and past participle pottered)

  1. (Britain) To act in a vague or unmotivated way; to fuss about with unimportant things.
  2. (Britain) To move slowly or aimlessly. (Often potter about, potter around.)
  3. (obsolete) To poke repeatedly.
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


potter m or f

  1. indefinite plural of potte

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


potter f

  1. indefinite plural of potte