a thick piece of material, as a quilted or woven pad, used in handling hot pots and dishes.

Nearby words

  1. pothead,
  2. pothecary,
  3. potheen,
  4. pother,
  5. potherb,
  6. pothole,
  7. potholer,
  8. potholing,
  9. pothook,
  10. pothos

Origin of potholder

First recorded in 1940–45; pot1 + holder

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Examples from the Web for pot-holder

  • Lucky she wasn't a heavy-weight, or that pot-holder wouldn't have stood the strain.

    Shorty McCabe|Sewell Ford

Word Origin and History for pot-holder



also potholder, the cloth variety so called by 1902, from pot (n.1) + holder.

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