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

Etymology 1Edit

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 (crock-wright).


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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)
  5. The red-bellied terrapin, Pseudemys rubriventris (species of turtle).
  6. The chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia.
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Further readingEdit


  • (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. (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 BokmålEdit


potter m or f

  1. indefinite plural of potte

Norwegian NynorskEdit


potter f

  1. indefinite plural of potte