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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English pottere, from Old English pottere (potter), equivalent to pot +‎ -er. Influenced by Old French potier (potter), from the same Germanic source. More at pot.


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. (idiomatic, biblical) God, the creator.
    • 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Isaiah 64:8,
      But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our potter; and we are the work of thy hand.
    • 1978. Old Testament, New International Version, Isaiah 64:8,
      O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of thy hand.
  3. One who places flowers or other plants inside their pots.
  4. One who pots meats or other eatables.
  5. One who hawks crockery or earthenware.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)
  6. The red-bellied terrapin, Pseudemys rubriventris.
  7. Deirochelys serrata.
Derived termsEdit


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

Etymology 2Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit


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

  1. (obsolete) To poke repeatedly.
  2. (UK) To act in a vague or unmotivated way.
  3. (UK) To move slowly or aimlessly. (Often potter about, potter around)
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