Definitions

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

  • n. One who makes pottery.
  • v. Chiefly British Variant of putter2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who makes pots and other ceramic wares.
  • n. God, the creator.
  • n. One who places flowers or other plants inside their pots.
  • v. To poke repeatedly.
  • v. To act in a vague or unmotivated way.
  • v. To move slowly or aimlessly. (Often potter about, potter around)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to make earthen vessels.
  • n. One who hawks crockery or earthenware.
  • n. One who pots meats or other eatables.
  • n. The red-bellied terrapin. See Terrapin.
  • intransitive v. To busy one's self with trifles; to labor with little purpose, energy, of effect; to trifle; to pother.
  • intransitive v. To walk lazily or idly; to saunter.
  • transitive v. To poke; to push; also, to disturb; to confuse; to bother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose occupation is the making of pots or earthenware vessels of any kind.
  • n. One who peddles earthenware or crockery.
  • n. One who pots meats, vegetables, etc.
  • n. A fresh-water clemmyoid turtle, Deirochelys serrata, of the United States.
  • n. The slider, or red-bellied terrapin, Pseudemys rugosa. See slider. [Local, U. S.]
  • n. In a larger sense, any earth used in the ceramic art, including kaolin, a so-called blue clay which is of a grayish color and when fired is white, and a black clay so called, which also results in a white biscuit.
  • To be busy in doing little, or what is of little or no practical value; busy one's self over trifles; trifle; work with little energy or purpose.
  • To hobble; walk slowly and with difficulty; move slowly; loiter.
  • To walk upon or leap from piece to piece of floating ice. Bartlett. [Local, U.S.]
  • To poke; push; disturb.

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

  • v. work lightly
  • v. move around aimlessly
  • v. do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
  • n. a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln

Etymologies

From Middle English pottere, from Old French potier (Wiktionary)
Reduplicative alteration of pote. (Wiktionary)

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