potboiler

[ pot-boi-ler ]
/ ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ lər /

noun

a mediocre work of literature or art produced merely for financial gain.

Nearby words

  1. potbellied pig,
  2. potbelly,
  3. potbelly stove,
  4. potbelly wood,
  5. potboil,
  6. potbound,
  7. potboy,
  8. potch,
  9. poteen,
  10. potemkin

Origin of potboiler

First recorded in 1860–65; pot1 + boiler

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British Dictionary definitions for potboiler

potboiler

/ (ˈpɒtˌbɔɪlə) /

noun

informal a literary or artistic work of little merit produced quickly in order to make money
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Word Origin and History for potboiler

potboiler

n.

also pot-boiler, 1864 in the figurative literary sense, from pot (n.1) + agent noun from boil (v.). The notion is of something one writes solely to put food on the table.

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