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pot•ter1 /ˈpɑtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. one who makes pottery.

pot•ter2 /ˈpɑtɚ/USA pronunciation  v. 
  1. potter around, [no object] to putter;
    to perform unimportant tasks.

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pot•ter1  (potər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who makes pottery.
  • bef. 1100; Middle English; late Old English pottere. See pot1, -er1

pot•ter2  (potər),USA pronunciation v.i., n. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Termsputter1.
potter•er, n. 
potter•ing•ly, adv. 
  • 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  (potər),USA pronunciation n. 
    Be•a•trix  (bēə triks),USA pronunciation 1866–1943, English writer and illustrator of children's books.
  1. BiographicalPaul, 1625–54, Dutch painter.

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Ai•ken  kən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalConrad (Potter ), 1889–1973, U.S. poet.
  2. Place Namesa city in SW South Carolina. 14,978.
  3. a male given name.

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put•ter1 /ˈpʌtɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner:puttering around the house.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] pot•ter /ˈpɑtɚ/USA pronunciation   put•ter•er, n. [countable]

putt•er2 /ˈpʌtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Sporta golf club used in putting.
  2. Sporta person who putts a golf ball.

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put•ter1  (putər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner:to putter in the garden.
  2. 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.
  3. to move or go slowly or aimlessly;
    loiter.
  4. putter away, to spend or fill in a random, inconsequential, or unproductive way;
    fritter away;
    waste:We puttered the morning away.

n. 
  1. puttering or ineffective action;
    dawdling.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] potter.  putter•er, n. 
putter•ing•ly, adv. 
  • variant of potter2 1875–80

putt•er2  (putər),USA pronunciation n. [Golf.]
  1. Sporta person who putts.
  2. Sporta club with a relatively short, stiff shaft and a wooden or iron head, used in putting.
  • putt + -er1 1735–45

put•ter3  (pŏŏtər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that puts.
  2. Sport[Track.]a shot-putter.
  • put + -er1 1810–20


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potter /ˈpɒtə/ n
  1. a person who makes pottery
potter /ˈpɒtə/, esp US Canadian putter chiefly Brit vb
  1. (intr; often followed by about or around) to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
  2. (intr; often followed by along or about) to move with little energy or direction: to potter about town
  3. (transitive) usually followed by away: to waste (time): to potter the day away
n
  1. the act of pottering
Etymology: 16th Century (in the sense: to poke repeatedly): from Old English potian to thrust; see put
ˈpotterer, esp US Canadian ˈputterer



Potter /ˈpɒtə/ n
  1. (Helen) Beatrix. 1866–1943, British author and illustrator of children's animal stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
  2. Dennis (Christopher George). 1935–94, British dramatist. His TV plays include Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Singing Detective (1986), and Blackeyes (1989)
  3. Paulus. 1625–54, Dutch painter, esp of animals
  4. Stephen. 1900–70, British humorist and critic. Among his best-known works are Gamesmanship (1947) and One-Upmanship (1952), on the art of achieving superiority over others



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