Definitions

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

  • n. The amount that a pot can hold.
  • n. Informal A large amount: made a potful of money on the horses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. as much as a pot will hold

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The contents of a pot; as much as a pot can hold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quantity contained in a pot

Etymologies

pot +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lyra -- I'd say it makes a potful, which isn't very scientific, but if you're worried about making too much just cut the recipe in half.

    A more natural chile con queso | Homesick Texan

  • Spring Poached Chicken With Horseradish Cream The beef bourguignon of spring—chicken nestled in a potful of baby vegetables.

    Great Ways to Veg Out

  • Frances Townsend turned her pitiful record as White House Homeland Security Adviser into a potful of green, partner with Baker Botts.

    Wonk Room » The WonkLine: April 1, 2009

  • He drank it, Ms. Muhlstein says, "by the potful, by the bucketful, despite the terrible cramps wringing his insides, the nervous eye twitches, and the burning in his stomach."

    Like Dining With Rabelais

  • John Wetteland, who closed for the Montreal Expos, the Yankees and the Texas Rangers, used to drink coffee by the potful and roller-blade around the clubhouse, firing hockey pucks into his teammates' lockers.

    Too Normal to Be the Closer?

  • Do we wrangle a potful and ask'em "Hey guys, tell us where your buddies are and how many you have, and we'll set you free!"

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • You make it by the potful and you just have to eat it all.

    Interview with Katie Alender

  • Emerging markets -- those developing countries that used to be called "The Third World," like Chile and China, Turkey and Thailand, Brazil and India -- have been hotter than a potful of habanero peppers.

    Under the 'Emerging' Curtain

  • Each morning, Mrs. A boils a potful of water and uses it throughout the day.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Once inside, the bacteria reproduce themselves -- creating a potful of EGF which can be readily isolated.

    Sit Still, Lambie, This Won't Hurt

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.