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pot·​ter ˈpä-tər How to pronounce potter (audio)
: one that makes pottery


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pottered; pottering; potters
potterer noun
potteringly adverb

Examples of potter in a Sentence

Verb pottering around indoors on a rainy day
Recent Examples on the Web
Guests can learn Renaissance crafts such as basket and textile weaving, candle making and calligraphy at educational demonstrations led by potters, blacksmiths and other artisans. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2024 Painters, potters, weavers and glassblowers all find home in this walkable downtown filled with colorful murals and several historic Nuevo Deco-style structures. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024
These are the humdrum and human experiences of a man who spent his time simply pottering about. Will Ainsley, SPIN, 24 May 2024 My first half-hour is spent pottering through tranquil Cotswold villages, trapped behind dawdling tourists but enjoying the Aston Martin’s supple ride and easygoing docility—along with the many approving looks—though feeling ever more like a caged animal. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 10 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for potter 

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Word History



probably frequentative of English dialect pote to poke

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of potter was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Potter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potter. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
pot·​ter ˈpät-ər How to pronounce potter (audio)
: one that makes pottery


2 of 2 verb
potterer noun

Biographical Definition

Potter 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Pot·​ter ˈpä-tər How to pronounce Potter (audio)
Beatrix 1866–1943 British writer and illustrator


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biographical name (2)

Paul or Paulus 1625–1654 Dutch painter

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