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[pot-foo l]
noun, plural pot·fuls.
  1. the amount that can be held by a pot.
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Origin of potful

1350–1400; Middle English. See pot1, -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for potful

Historical Examples

  • Every house in the particular quarter sends a potful of hot water.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • What remains of the egg after the first potful has been cleared should be placed in a small dish and set away for future use.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Why, I have been to the field and come back long ago, and now I am busy boiling a potful of turnips for breakfast.

  • But Sakalar was indefatigable, and as soon as he had boiled a potful of snow, made tea, and awoke his people.

  • As a proof of chastity, the ordeal of drinking a potful of cow-dung water or chilly-water has to be undergone.

British Dictionary definitions for potful


  1. the amount held by a pot
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