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

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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 Dina Maniotis, a deputy commissioner with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, told a city council committee on Wednesday that many of the bodies held at the 39th Street Pier could end up buried in the city’s potter’s field on Hart Island. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 Dina Maniotis, a deputy commissioner with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, told a city council committee on Wednesday that many of the bodies held at the 39th Street Pier could end up buried in the city’s potter’s field on Hart Island. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 Dina Maniotis, a deputy commissioner with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, told a city council committee on Wednesday that many of the bodies held at the 39th Street Pier could end up buried in the city’s potter’s field on Hart Island. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 Dina Maniotis, a deputy commissioner with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, told a city council committee on Wednesday that many of the bodies held at the 39th Street Pier could end up buried in the city’s potter’s field on Hart Island. NBC News, 8 May 2021 Flood, 64, a potter and beekeeper, brings to her work what the sisters bring to theirs: a deep commitment to social justice. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021 My mother also burnt and made incense from scratch with precious wood over charcoal in vessels handmade by potter women in the ancient village of Gaoui in Chad. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 5 May 2021 With: Town & Country editor Olivia Hosken; BADG founder Malene Barnett; designer, potter, and author Jonathan Adler, and April Greiman, designer and professor at USC's Roski School of Art and Design. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 29 Apr. 2021 Leaning over the bird feeder on her potter’s wheel, Ebarb echoed the sentiment. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 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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The first known use of potter was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Jun 2021

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“Potter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potter. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for potter

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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