Definitions

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

  • adj. Placed in a pot.
  • adj. Grown in a pot: many potted plants in the study.
  • adj. Preserved in a pot, can, or jar.
  • adj. Slang Intoxicated; drunk.
  • adj. Slang Under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of pot.
  • adj. Prepared in advance, as though preserved by potting.

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

  • adj. preserved in a pot or can or jar
  • adj. (British informal) summarized or abridged
  • adj. of plants; planted or grown in a pot

Etymologies

Adjective meaning "prepared in advance" first used in a published work, by L. Susan Stebbing in her Pelican classic Thinking to some purpose (1939), where "potted thinking" is defined as "a compressed statement to save us the trouble of thinking." (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He said a resident of one of the houses that burned often disposed of cigarettes in potted plant containers on his deck.

    Cigarette started fire that burned five Manassas homes, officials say

  • He said a resident of one of the houses often disposed of cigarettes in potted plant containers on his deck.

    Va. fire apparently from smoking materials

  • Dan Tudin potted a goal in the middle stanza for Columbus, which has dropped its last four contests and seven of its last eight (1-7-0).

    USATODAY.com

  • For most, the term potted meat conjures up images of mystery meat in a can, but traditionally potted meat was made at home from meat scraps, herbs, spices and maybe an acid or a spirit, such as vinegar or brandy.

    make it at home | Homesick Texan

  • Calling George Bush a “brilliant minimalist” is like calling a potted palm an environmentalist.

    Firedoglake » Frothy Junior

  • SPECTER: This is called the potted plant routine, Russ.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2006

  • When these anchovies are what is termed potted, it implies that the fish have been pounded into the consistency of a paste, and then placed in flat pots, somewhat similar in shape to those used for pomatum.

    The Book of Household Management

  • The ants live happily in human environments, said Dr. Roger Gold, head of the urban entomology program at Texas A&M, noting that people are responsible for much of the ants 'spread, transporting them in objects such as potted plants.

    'Crazy Ants' Get Under Skin of Gulf Coast Residents

  • You did such a good job of describing the process so that we could feel and see, whether we had "potted" or not!

    In His time, in His hands

  • Sunday morning at 11am there was a concert version of what the British would call a "potted" version of Haydn's Orfeo ed Euridice.

    Archive 2007-08-01

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  • summarized; abridged; superficial.

    May 20, 2008