a watched pot never boils

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of a watched pot never boils

used to mean that time passes very slowly when one is waiting for something to happen if that is the only thing one is thinking about

Word by Word Definitions

watch play watched
  1. : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise

  2. : to be awake during the night

  3. : to be attentive or vigilant

  1. : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend

  2. : the state of being wakeful

  3. : a wake over a dead body

pot play
  1. : a usually rounded metal or earthen container used chiefly for domestic purposes (as in cooking or for holding liquids or growing plants)

  2. : potful

  3. : an enclosed framework of wire, wood, or wicker for catching fish or lobsters

  1. : to place in a pot

  2. : to pack or preserve (something, such as cooked and chopped meat) in a sealed pot, jar, or can often with aspic

  3. : to shoot with a potshot

  1. : marijuana

never play
  1. : not ever : at no time

  2. : not in any degree : not under any condition

boil play boils
  1. : to come to the boiling point

  2. : to generate bubbles of vapor when heated

  3. : to cook in boiling water

  1. : a localized swelling and inflammation of the skin resulting from infection of a hair follicle and adjacent tissue, having a hard central core, and forming pus

  1. : the act or state of boiling

  2. : a swirling upheaval (as of water)

  3. : a boiled dish of seafood, vegetables, and seasonings


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