or pot-wal·lop·er

[ pot-wol-uh-per, pot-wol- ]
/ ˈpɒtˌwɒl ə pər, pɒtˈwɒl- /

noun English History.

(in some boroughs before the Reform Bill of 1832) a man who qualified as a householder, and therefore a voter, by virtue of ownership of his own fireplace at which to boil pots.

Origin of potwalloper

1715–25; pot1 + walloper; replacing potwaller literally, potboiler (pot1 + wall, Old English weallan to boil + -er1)
Also called pot·wal·ler [pot-wol-er] /ˈpɒtˌwɒl ər/.
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British Dictionary definitions for pot-walloper



/ (ˈpɒtˌwɒlə) /


(in some English boroughs) a man entitled to the franchise before 1832 by virtue of possession of his own fireplace

Word Origin for pot-walloper

C18: from pot 1 + wallop to boil furiously, from Old English weallan to boil
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