potwalloper

noun
pot·​wal·​lop·​er | \ ˈpäˌtwäləpə(r) \
variants: or less commonly potwaller \ -​lə(r) \

Definition of potwalloper

: a voter living in an English borough before the Reform Act of 1832 and qualifying for suffrage as a householder by the boiling of his own pot at his own fireplace

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History and Etymology for potwalloper

potwalloper alteration (influenced by wallop) of potwaller, from pot entry 1 + obsolete English wall to boil (from Middle English wallen, from Old English weallan) + English -er

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“Potwalloper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potwalloper. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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