pot

1
[ pot ]
/ pɒt /

noun

verb (used with object), pot·ted, pot·ting.

verb (used without object), pot·ted, pot·ting.

Informal. to take a potshot; shoot.

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Idioms for pot

Origin of pot

1
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English pott; cognate with Dutch, Low German pot, Old Icelandic pottr, Swedish pott, potta, Danish pot, potte; further origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM pot

potlike, adjective

Definition for pot (2 of 4)

pot2
[ pot ]
/ pɒt /

noun Slang.

Origin of pot

2
1935–40, Americanism; said to be a shortening of Mexican Spanish potiguaya or potaguaya, apparently contraction of potación de guaya wine or brandy in which marijuana buds have been steeped (literally, drink of grief)

Definition for pot (3 of 4)

pot3
[ pot ]
/ pɒt /

noun Scot. and North England.

a deep hole; pit.

Origin of pot

3
1325–75; Middle English; perhaps identical with pot1

Definition for pot (4 of 4)

pot.

Electricity.

potential.
potentiometer.
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British Dictionary definitions for pot (1 of 4)

pot1
/ (pɒt) /

noun

verb pots, potting or potted (mainly tr)

See also pot on

Word Origin for pot

Late Old English pott, from Medieval Latin pottus (unattested), perhaps from Latin pōtus a drink; compare Middle Low German pot, Old Norse pottr

British Dictionary definitions for pot (2 of 4)

pot2
/ (pɒt) /

noun

  1. Scot and Northern English dialect a deep hole or pothole
  2. (capital when part of a name)Pen-y-Ghent Pot

Word Origin for pot

C14: perhaps identical with pot 1 but possibly of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect putt water hole, pit

British Dictionary definitions for pot (3 of 4)

pot3
/ (pɒt) /

noun

slang cannabis used as a drug in any form, such as leaves (marijuana or hemp) or resin (hashish)

Word Origin for pot

C20: perhaps shortened from Mexican Indian potiguaya

British Dictionary definitions for pot (4 of 4)

pot4
/ (pɒt) /

noun

informal short for potentiometer
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Idioms and Phrases with pot

pot

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