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[pot-hoo k] /ˈpɒtˌhʊk/
a hook for suspending a pot or kettle over an open fire.
an iron rod, usually curved, with a hook at the end, used to lift hot pots, irons, stove lids, etc.
an S -shaped stroke in writing, especially as made by children in learning to write.
Origin of pothook
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, pothook is from the late Middle English word pottehok. See pot1, hook1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was a fat woman inside in a red jumper with pothooks and beasties embroidered upon it.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • You have changed a number of spoken words into a number of pothooks and scrawls.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • On the pothooks and trammels hung what formed in some households the costliest house-furnishing,—the pots and kettles.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The 2nd Battalion are called "The pothooks," from their number .

  • In some of the cells, where the inmates are learning to read and write, there is a spelling primer and a copybook for pothooks.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • Ellen shrugged her handsome shoulders and, tilting a scornful nose, returned to her pothooks.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • What blots, pothooks, and angles you and I make as we are trying to write on the top of the page of life.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • On this pole two pothooks were fastened, from which hung the pot and kettle, and the fire was kindled under it.

    Our Little Canadian Cousin Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald
  • I thought he was all pothooks and hangers at one time; but he can't be as bad as that.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • The pothooks on the paper meant nothing to Judith, but she saw that they were very few.

    The Barrier Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for pothooks


a curved or S-shaped hook used for suspending a pot over a fire
a long hook used for lifting hot pots, lids, etc
an S-shaped mark, often made by children when learning to write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pothooks



One's handwriting; scribble; hen tracks (1795+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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