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[pot-hoo k]
  1. a hook for suspending a pot or kettle over an open fire.
  2. an iron rod, usually curved, with a hook at the end, used to lift hot pots, irons, stove lids, etc.
  3. an S-shaped stroke in writing, especially as made by children in learning to write.
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Origin of pothook

First recorded in 1425–75, pothook is from the late Middle English word pottehok. See pot1, hook1
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Examples from the Web for pothooks

Historical Examples

  • You have changed a number of spoken words into a number of pothooks and scrawls.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • They are the pothooks and hangers of surgery, and I have gone that far.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Polly's pothooks, as her father called them, were pictures in her father's eyes.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope

  • The 2nd Battalion are called "The Pothooks," from their number .

  • What blots, pothooks, and angles you and I make as we are trying to write on the top of the page of life.

British Dictionary definitions for pothooks


  1. a curved or S-shaped hook used for suspending a pot over a fire
  2. a long hook used for lifting hot pots, lids, etc
  3. an S-shaped mark, often made by children when learning to write
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