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


1. (Cookery) a curved or S-shaped hook used for suspending a pot over a fire
2. (Tools) a long hook used for lifting hot pots, lids, etc
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) an S-shaped mark, often made by children when learning to write



1. a hook for suspending a pot or kettle over an open fire.
2. an iron rod with a hook at the end used to lift hot pots, stove lids, etc.
3. an S-shaped stroke in writing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pothook - an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a firepothook - an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire
claw, hook - a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
trammel - an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
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The feeble fingers were never idle, and one of her pleasures was to make little things for the school children daily passing to and fro, to drop a pair of mittens from her window for a pair of purple hands, a needlebook for some small mother of many dolls, penwipers for young penmen toiling through forests of pothooks, scrapbooks for picture-loving eyes, and all manner of pleasant devices, till the reluctant climbers of the ladder of learning found their way strewn with flowers, as it were, and came to regard the gentle giver as a sort of fairy godmother, who sat above there, and showered down gifts miraculously suited to their tastes and needs.
There was a fat woman inside in a red jumper with pothooks and beasties embroidered upon it.
An indescribable character of faded gentility that attached to the house I sought, and made it unlike all the other houses in the street - though they were all built on one monotonous pattern, and looked like the early copies of a blundering boy who was learning to make houses, and had not yet got out of his cramped brick-and-mortar pothooks - reminded me still more of Mr.
"But why--why--why--did So-and-so do so-and-so?" Sophie would demand from her seat by the pothook; and Mrs.
Though some critics feared the potentially "mischievous tendency" (18) of analytics (like the intuitionist and disciple of Coleridge and Kant, Sir William Rowan Hamilton, who feared that the Cambridge approach would reduce math "to a mere system of symbols, and nothing more; an affair of pothooks and hangers, of black strokes upon white paper" [Graves 528, italics in original]), Victorian interventions into the discipline nonetheless demonstrated "a manifest tendency toward...
That is barely two years ago--and now here stands Territorial Kantorek, the spell quite broken, with bent knees, arms like pothooks, unpolished buttons and that ludicrous rig-out--an impossible soldier" (176).