from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A literary or artistic work of poor quality, produced quickly for profit.
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- n. Alternative spelling of pot boiler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A term applied derisively to any literary or artistic work, and esp. a painting, done simply for money and the means of living.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A work of art or literature produced merely “to keep the pot boiling”—that is, for the sake of providing the necessaries of life.
- n. A housekeeper. Compare pot-waller, potwalloper. Halliwell.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a literary composition of poor quality that was written quickly to make money (to boil the pot)
From the phrase boil the pot, to provide one's livelihood.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)