potter

noun
pot·​ter | \ ˈpä-tər How to pronounce potter (audio) \

Definition of potter

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: one that makes pottery

potter

verb
pottered; pottering; potters

Definition of potter (Entry 2 of 4)

Potter

biographical name (1)
Pot·​ter | \ ˈpä-tər How to pronounce Potter (audio) \

Definition of Potter (Entry 3 of 4)

Beatrix 1866–1943 British writer and illustrator

Potter

biographical name (2)

Definition of Potter (Entry 4 of 4)

Paul or Paulus 1625–1654 Dutch painter

Other Words from potter

Verb

potterer \ ˈpä-​tər-​ər How to pronounce Potter (audio) \ noun
potteringly \ ˈpä-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce Potter (audio) \ adverb

Examples of potter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While these nails created by L.A.-based artist Sojin Oh were inspired by Japanese potter Takuro Kuwata, the glowing bulbous shapes bring to mind glossy ornaments. Michella Oré, Glamour, 23 Nov. 2021 To Jenna Ross, 36, a potter who lives near Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada, her decision to remain childless in a world threatened by climate change springs from a protective instinct. Alex Williams, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Adler is a potter, renowned interior designer and author; his partner, Doonan, is a writer, creative director and familiar fashion commentator. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2021 Jonathan Adler, the potter and designer known for his modern home furnishings, closed all eight of his U.S. stores early in the pandemic. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 His plates, for example, are made by Seattle potter Akiko Graham, who’s created tableware for Canlis, Manresa and Coi. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 Jonathan Adler, the potter and designer known for his modern home furnishings, closed all eight of his U.S. stores early in the pandemic. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 Jonathan Adler, the potter and designer known for his modern home furnishings, closed all eight of his U.S. stores early in the pandemic. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 In the Crate & Barrel fall catalog, the glossy Phlox Ceramic Hanging Planter caught the eye of Mr. London, who characterized it as a much less expensive iteration of something by modern potter Jonathan Adler. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Can the simple, tactile pleasure of pottering in the dirt or watching seedlings sprout comfort us at a time of loss and bewilderment? New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Ammons, who could control the rate of his unrolling tape by slowing down his writing, liked to potter around. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2020 Which brings us to Streep’s Mary Louise, a folksy enigma in greige cardigans and ferrety prosthetic teeth, who potters around Monterey making all her rudest inner observations out loud. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 June 2019 As a young journalist, Ms. Lawson often ended up pottering around the kitchen when copy was due, to help focus her thoughts. Eleanore Park, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2018 These theories often involve high-end sports cars, swimming pools or pottering around the expensive parts of the Monopoly board, enjoying fine food and donning overpriced designer clothing. SI.com, 16 Feb. 2018 A place to potter and fix and, dare it be said, a temporary respite from the stresses and strains of modern life. John Sinnott, CNN, 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of potter

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potter

Verb

probably frequentative of English dialect pote to poke

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“Potter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potter. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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potter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potter

: a person who makes pots, bowls, plates, etc., out of clay : a person who makes pottery by hand

potter

noun
pot·​ter | \ ˈpä-tər How to pronounce potter (audio) \

Kids Definition of potter

: a person who makes pottery

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