- a person who makes pottery
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- one who makes pottery.
pot•ter2 /ˈpɑtɚ/USA pronunciation v.
- potter around, [no object] to putter;
to perform unimportant tasks.
- a person who makes pottery.
- bef. 1100; Middle English; late Old English pottere. See pot1, -er1
pot•ter2 (pot′ər),USA pronunciation v.i., n. [Chiefly Brit.]
- British Termsputter1.
- frequentative of obsolete, dialect, dialectal pote to push, poke, Middle English poten, Old English potian to push, thrust. See put, -er6 1520–30
Pot•ter (pot′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalPaul, 1625–54, Dutch painter.
- BiographicalConrad (Potter ), 1889–1973, U.S. poet.
- Place Namesa city in SW South Carolina. 14,978.
- a male given name.
- to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner:puttering around the house.
putt•er2 /ˈpʌtɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
- Sporta golf club used in putting.
- Sporta person who putts a golf ball.
- to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner:to putter in the garden.
- to move or go in a specified manner with ineffective action or little energy or purpose:to putter about the house on a rainy day.
- to move or go slowly or aimlessly;
- putter away, to spend or fill in a random, inconsequential, or unproductive way;
waste:We puttered the morning away.
- puttering or ineffective action;
- variant of potter2 1875–80
putt•er2 (put′ər),USA pronunciation n. [Golf.]
- Sporta person who putts.
- Sporta club with a relatively short, stiff shaft and a wooden or iron head, used in putting.
- putt + -er1 1735–45
put•ter3 (pŏŏt′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- a person or thing that puts.
- Sport[Track.]a shot-putter.
- put + -er1 1810–20
- (intr; often followed by about or around) to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
- (intr; often followed by along or about) to move with little energy or direction: to potter about town
- (transitive) usually followed by away: to waste (time): to potter the day away
- the act of pottering
ˈpotterer, esp US Canadian ˈputterer
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- Paulus. 1625–54, Dutch painter, esp of animals
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