A week ago, while he was pottering about the mine, he slipped down a ladder and broke his leg.
Then she saw old Lawdor pottering in and out of a room into which she had not yet looked.
Down below I could see Murray in a corner of the yard, pottering over a sick duck.
He left the room and she heard him pottering in the kitchen.
He was cut out for the business; never happier than when he was pottering about at the works.
Just as if we hadn't had enough tinkering and pottering lately.
Barjols is quite out of the beaten track, although this pottering little line, which eventually reaches Arles, passes near it.
And what a pottering old rascal Charley was among the stone walls.
The shabby old laundress who had made my bed and served my breakfast was pottering about the rooms.
They are dull creatures: it's pottering about so dull and sleepy a place, I suppose.
"maker of pots" (they also sometimes doubled as bell-founders), late Old English pottere "potter," reinforced by Old French potier "potter," agent noun from root of pot (n.1). As a surname from late 12c. Potter's field (1520s) is Biblical, a ground where clay suitable for pottery was dug, later purchased by high priests of Jerusalem as a burying ground for strangers, criminals, and the poor (Matt. xxvii:7). An older Old English word for "potter" was crocwyrhta "crock-wright."
"occupy oneself in a trifling way," 1740, earlier "to poke again and again" (1520s), frequentative of obsolete verb poten "to push, poke," from Old English potian "to push" (see put (v.)). Sense of "occupy oneself in a trifling way" is first recorded 1740. Related: Pottered; pottering.