Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who boils a pot. Specifically— One who prepares his own food; a housekeeper or a lodger who prepares his own food; in particular, a parliamentary voter in some English boroughs before the passing of the Reform Bill of 1832. Every male inhabitant, whether housekeeper or lodger, who had resided six months in the borough, and had not been chargeable to any township as a pauper for twelve months, was entitled to vote.
- n. A cook aboard ship; a pot-wrestler.
- n. A scullion.
- n. historical A voter in certain English boroughs, where, before the passage of the Reform Act 1832, the qualification for suffrage was to have boiled (walloped) his own pot in the parish for six months.
- n. US, slang, dated One who cleans pots; a scullion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A voter in certain boroughs of England, where, before the passage of the reform bill of 1832, the qualification for suffrage was to have boiled (walloped) his own pot in the parish for six months.
- n. Slang, U. S. One who cleans pots; a scullion.
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