Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or given to drinking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to drinking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to drinking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Potable; drinkable.

Etymologies

Late Latin pōtātōrius, from Latin pōtātus, past participle of pōtāre, to drink, from pōtus, a drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from pōtō ("I drink"), with -atory. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It somewhat lessens in our notions the personal responsibility, or the personal potatory capability of the parson, to discover that there was an ordination in town during that rum-paged week, and that the visiting ministers probably drank the greater portion of Jerome Ripley's liquor.

    Sabbath in Puritan New England

  • I coquetted a whole minute with my napkin, before I attempted the soup, and I helped myself to the potatory food with a slow dignity that must have perfectly won the heart of the solemn waiter.

    Pelham — Volume 03

  • "And now, gentlemen," said Clifford, as soon as the revellers had provided themselves with their wonted luxuries, potatory and fumous,

    Paul Clifford — Complete

  • These cocktails, and other artificial combinations of liquor, (of which there were at least a score, though mostly, I suspect, fantastic in their differences,) were much in favor with the younger class of customers, who, at farthest, had only reached the second stage of potatory life.

    The Blithedale Romance

  • "The fact of the matter is, Albert, I have devoted my unfortunate life to two arts: the military and the potatory.

    Greener Than You Think

  • "And now, gentlemen," said Clifford, as soon as the revellers had provided themselves with their wonted luxuries, potatory and fumous, "let us hear your adventures, and rejoice our eyes with their produce.

    Paul Clifford — Volume 04

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