potwalloper

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.

QUIZZES

CAN YOU FEEL THE WEAL WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ?

Did you collect all of last week’s words, but eftsoons forget what they mean? Don’t worry, we’re here to jog your memory. See how many words from the week of May 18 to 24 you can get right!
Question 1 of 7
weal
Also called pot·wal·ler [pot-wol-er] /ˈpɒtˌwɒl ər/.

Origin of potwalloper

1715–25; pot1 + walloper; replacing potwaller literally, potboiler (pot1 + wall, Old English weallan to boil + -er1)

Words nearby potwalloper

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for pot-walloper

pot-walloper

potwaller

/ (ˈpɒtˌwɒlə) /

noun

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012