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

Definition of potter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that makes pottery


pottered; pottering; potters

Definition of potter (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from potter


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 The horror film stars Zach Villa as Will, a gay potter who keeps the darkness of his childhood secret from his loving boyfriend. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Up next is Heath’s partnership with Akio Nukaga, a veteran potter from Kasama, Japan, who works with his wife, daughter or the occasional assistant to make pieces with pleated surfaces that are inspired by traditional shinogi carving techniques. New York Times, 14 July 2022 Some early farming societies rejected these traps for 4,000 years and traveled far and wide, spreading innovations from potter’s wheels to leavened bread across the Middle East and North Africa. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 11 July 2022 New York City’s Hart Island is the nation’s largest public cemetery, but cities and towns across the country also run these potter’s fields, and many of them, similarly, are no longer just for the poor. Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 Beside her booth was a couple of potters from Chillicothe who throw lovely bowls and mugs on a potter’s wheel. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 14 June 2022 Lizzy’s dad, Bill (Judd Hirsch), is a sculptor too — a potter who found enough success to rub shoulders with the art world. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 27 May 2022 Now the museum exhibits all of this iconic art (by everyone from Frida Kahlo to Native master potter Maria Martinez). Bon Appétit, 12 May 2022 Traces of the potter’s hand can be seen at the uncoated bottom of a kintsugi tea bowl. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of potter


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potter


probably frequentative of English dialect pote to poke

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More Definitions for potter


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

Kids Definition of potter

: a person who makes pottery

Potter biographical name (1)

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

Definition of Potter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Beatrix 1866–1943 British writer and illustrator


biographical name (2)

Definition of Potter (Entry 2 of 2)

Paul or Paulus 1625–1654 Dutch painter

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