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pot·ter 1

 (pŏt′ər)
n.
One who makes pottery.

pot·ter 2

 (pŏt′ər)
v. Chiefly British
Variant of putter2.

potter

(ˈpɒtə)
n
(Ceramics) a person who makes pottery

potter

(ˈpɒtə) or

putter

vb
1. (intr; often foll by about or around) to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
2. (intr; often foll by along or about) to move with little energy or direction: to potter about town.
3. (usually foll by: away) to waste (time): to potter the day away.
n
the act of pottering
[C16 (in the sense: to poke repeatedly): from Old English potian to thrust; see put]
ˈpotterer, ˈputterer n

Potter

(ˈpɒtə)
n
1. (Biography) (Helen) Beatrix. 1866–1943, British author and illustrator of children's animal stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
2. (Biography) Dennis (Christopher George). 1935–94, British dramatist. His TV plays include Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Singing Detective (1986), and Blackeyes (1989)
3. (Biography) Paulus. 1625–54, Dutch painter, esp of animals
4. (Biography) 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

pot•ter1

(ˈpɒt ər)

n.
a person who makes pottery.

pot•ter2

(ˈpɒt ər)

v.i. -tered, -ter•ing. Chiefly Brit.

Pot•ter

(ˈpɒt ər)

n.
1. Beatrix, 1866–1943, English writer and illustrator of children's books.
2. Paul, 1625–54, Dutch painter.

potter


Past participle: pottered
Gerund: pottering

Imperative
potter
potter
Present
I potter
you potter
he/she/it potters
we potter
you potter
they potter
Preterite
I pottered
you pottered
he/she/it pottered
we pottered
you pottered
they pottered
Present Continuous
I am pottering
you are pottering
he/she/it is pottering
we are pottering
you are pottering
they are pottering
Present Perfect
I have pottered
you have pottered
he/she/it has pottered
we have pottered
you have pottered
they have pottered
Past Continuous
I was pottering
you were pottering
he/she/it was pottering
we were pottering
you were pottering
they were pottering
Past Perfect
I had pottered
you had pottered
he/she/it had pottered
we had pottered
you had pottered
they had pottered
Future
I will potter
you will potter
he/she/it will potter
we will potter
you will potter
they will potter
Future Perfect
I will have pottered
you will have pottered
he/she/it will have pottered
we will have pottered
you will have pottered
they will have pottered
Future Continuous
I will be pottering
you will be pottering
he/she/it will be pottering
we will be pottering
you will be pottering
they will be pottering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pottering
you have been pottering
he/she/it has been pottering
we have been pottering
you have been pottering
they have been pottering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pottering
you will have been pottering
he/she/it will have been pottering
we will have been pottering
you will have been pottering
they will have been pottering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pottering
you had been pottering
he/she/it had been pottering
we had been pottering
you had been pottering
they had been pottering
Conditional
I would potter
you would potter
he/she/it would potter
we would potter
you would potter
they would potter
Past Conditional
I would have pottered
you would have pottered
he/she/it would have pottered
we would have pottered
you would have pottered
they would have pottered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potter - a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kilnpotter - a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
artisan, journeyman, artificer, craftsman - a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
Verb1.potter - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idlypotter - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
puddle - mess around, as in a liquid or paste; "The children are having fun puddling in paint"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
2.potter - work lightly; "The old lady is pottering around in the garden"
busy, occupy - keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
3.potter - move around aimlessly
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"

potter

verb (usually with around or about) mess about, fiddle (informal), tinker, dabble, fritter, footle (informal), poke along, fribble She was pottering around in the garden.
Translations
خَزَاف، فُخّاريصانِع الفُخّار
hrnčířpoflakovat se
keramikernusse rundtpottemager
fazekas
leirkerasmiîurslæpast, dunda
niekotiespodnieksslaistīties
olár
hrnčiar
lončar
çömlekçiufak tefek işlerle vakit geçirmek

potter

1 [ˈpɒtəʳ]
A. Nalfarero/a m/f; (artistic) → ceramista mf
B. CPD potter's clay Narcilla f de alfarería
potter's field N (US) → cementerio m de pobres
potter's wheel Ntorno m de alfarero

potter

2 [ˈpɒtəʳ] VI (Brit) → entretenerse haciendo un poco de todo
I pottered round the house all dayestuve todo el día en casa haciendo un poco de todo
we pottered round the shopsnos paseamos por las tiendas
potter about potter around VI + ADV (Brit) he likes pottering about in the gardenle gusta entretenerse haciendo pequeños trabajos en el jardín
potter along VI + ADV (Brit) → hacerse el remolón
we potter alongvamos tirando

potter

[ˈpɒtər]
npotier/ière m/f
vi (British)faire des menus travaux
potter about
potter around
(British) vifaire des menus travaux
vt fus
to potter about the garden → faire des menus travaux dans le jardinpotter's wheel ntour m de potier

potter

1
nTöpfer(in) m(f); potter’s clayTöpferton m; potter’s wheelTöpferscheibe f

potter

2, (US also) putter
vi (= do little jobs)herumwerkeln; (= wander aimlessly)herumschlendern; she potters away in the kitchen for hourssie hantiert stundenlang in der Küche herum; to potter round the houseim Haus herumwerkeln; to potter round the shopseinen Geschäftebummel machen; to potter along the road (car, driver)dahinzuckeln; we potter along quite happilywir leben recht zufrieden vor uns hin

potter

1 [ˈpɒtəʳ] nceramista m/f

potter

2 [ˈpɒtəʳ] vi (Am) putter [ˈpʌtəʳ] vi to potter round the shopsfare un tranquillo giretto per i negozi
to potter round the house → sbrigare con calma le faccende di casa
he likes pottering about in the garden → gli piace fare qualche lavoretto in giardino

potter1

(ˈpotə) noun
a person who makes plates, cups, vases etc out of clay and fires them in an oven (called a kiln).
ˈpottery noun
1. articles made by fired clay. He is learning how to make pottery.
2. (plural ˈpotteries) a place where articles of fired clay are made. He is working in the pottery.
3. the art of making such articles. He is learning pottery.

potter2

(potə) verb
to wander about doing small jobs or doing nothing important. I spent the afternoon pottering (about).
References in classic literature ?
In it the poet invokes Athena to protect certain potters and their craft, if they will, according to promise, give him a reward for his song; if they prove false, malignant gnomes are invoked to wreck the kiln and hurt the potters.
And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures, wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters' Fields of all four continents, the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.
Our potters also might be allowed to repose on couches, and feast by the fireside, passing round the winecup, while their wheel is conveniently at hand, and working at pottery only as much as they like; in this way we might make every class happy-and then, as you imagine, the whole State would be happy.
Potter and Injun Joe were carrying a handbarrow with a rope and a couple of shovels on it.
I have some of this news from over-hearing the garrison-gossip, the rest of it I got from Potter, the General's dog.
In the register of the potter's field I shall soon have both.
Clutton, Flanagan, Potter, and two others made up the party.
Farther in the woods than any of these, where the road approaches nearest to the pond, Wyman the potter squatted, and furnished his townsmen with earthenware, and left descendants to succeed him.
It's quite clear her heart is as insensible to eloquence and poetry, as a Potter's Field wall, and it might answer to try her with a little truth.
A tyranny also is exposed to the same destruction as all other states are, from too powerful neighbours: for it is evident, that an opposition of principles will make them desirous of subverting it; and what they desire, all who can, do: and there is a principle of opposition in one state to another, as a democracy against a tyranny, as says Hesiod, "a potter against a potter;" for the extreme of a democracy is a tyranny; a kingly power against an aristocracy, from their different forms of government--for which reason the Lacedaemonians destroyed many tyrannies; as did the Syracusians during the prosperity of their state.
Those turf-heaps, mounds of potter's clay, melted at the word of the soldiers like butter in the frying-pans of Friesland housewives.
I drove to Walworth and found, with some difficulty, Potter's Court.