Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bent or hooked piece of iron for hanging a pot or kettle over a fire.
  • noun A curved iron rod with a hooked end used for lifting hot pots, irons, or stove lids.
  • noun A curved, S-shaped mark made in writing.
  • noun Illegible handwriting or aimless scribbling.
  • noun Informal Stenographic writing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hook, secured in a chimney in any manner (as upon a crane), for supporting a pot over a fire.
  • noun A short bar or rod of iron, usually curved, and with a hook at the end, used to lift hot pots, irons, or stove-lids from a stove.
  • noun A letter, character, or curve shaped like a pothook (def. 1); an elementary character consisting of a stroke terminating in a curve, practised upon by children in learning to write; hence, any irregular, straggling written character. Also pot-hanger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An S-shaped hook on which pots and kettles are hung over an open fire.
  • noun A written character curved like a pothook; (pl.) a scrawled writing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An S-shaped iron hook used to suspend a cooking pot over a fire
  • noun A crooked stroke in writing; a scrawl

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

  • noun an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire

Etymologies

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Examples

  • It was registered as the "pothook" brand, but it was known far and side as the "straddle bug."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 3

  • The undue compression of type laterally, the exaggeration of thick and thin, the feeble pothook terminations in modern type are due to one form of degeneration being added upon another for some centuries, a tracing of a tracing.

    2009 September 20 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • The undue compression of type laterally, the exaggeration of thick and thin, the feeble pothook terminations in modern type are due to one form of degeneration being added upon another for some centuries, a tracing of a tracing.

    Sage Advice for the Fine Book Printer

  • Spiller looked in the pot suspended from a pothook over the fire.

    Wildfire

  • Spiller looked in the pot suspended from a pothook over the fire.

    Wildfire

  • Spiller looked in the pot suspended from a pothook over the fire.

    Wildfire

  • He chose the door on the left which opened into a spacious kitchen where, quivering with fright, a man and a woman crouched beside the hearth in which, suspended from a pothook, a seething cauldron stank of lye.

    Sharpe's Rifles

  • The pothook, with its big cooking pot, appeared, with variations in size and adjustability, in kitchens through the eighteenth century and, in rural areas, even later.59 Andirons, holding the burning logs, stood below the pot; the prudent cook kept a good supply of glowing coals to arrange as needed.

    Savoring The Past

  • The most notable feature was the pothook, or cremaillière, a substantial wrought-iron support, usually adjustable, from which cooking pots could be hung above the fire.

    Savoring The Past

  • The pothook, with its big cooking pot, appeared, with variations in size and adjustability, in kitchens through the eighteenth century and, in rural areas, even later.59 Andirons, holding the burning logs, stood below the pot; the prudent cook kept a good supply of glowing coals to arrange as needed.

    Savoring The Past

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