Origin of potted
- a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
- such a container with its contents: a pot of stew.
- the amount contained in or held by a pot; potful.
- a flowerpot.
- a container of liquor or other drink: a pot of ale.
- liquor or other drink.
- a cagelike vessel for trapping fish, lobsters, eels, etc., typically made of wood, wicker, or wire.Compare lobster pot.
- a chamber pot.
- a vessel for melting metal; melting pot.
- an electrolytic cell for reducing certain metals, as aluminum, from fused salts.
- chimney pot.
- Dialect.a basket or box used for carrying provisions or the like; a pannier.
- Slang. a large sum of money.
- all the money bet at a single time; pool.
- British Slang. (in horse racing) the favorite.
- a liquid measure, usually equal to a pint or quart.
- an open, broad-brimmed helmet of the 17th century.
- any open helmet.
- Slang. a potbelly.
- to put into a pot.
- to preserve (food) in a pot.
- to cook in a pot.
- to transplant into a pot: We must pot the petunias.
- to shoot (game birds) on the ground or water, or (game animals) at rest, instead of in flight or running: He can't even pot a sitting duck.
- to shoot for food, not for sport.
- Informal. to capture, secure, or win.
- Informal. to take a potshot; shoot.
- go to pot, to become ruined; deteriorate: With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot.
- sweeten the pot. sweeten(def 8).
Origin of pot1
Related Wordslush, stewed, inebriate, plastered, inebriated, intoxicated, flying, crocked, muddled, befuddled, lit, sloshed, stoned, wasted, glazed, flushed, tanked, bashed, buzzed, totaled
Examples from the Web for potted
Much like her character, Esco frequently quotes influential people and launches into potted history lessons.‘Free The Nipple’: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Go Topless
December 12, 2014
Another industry insider is not so kind, “Some artists contribute as much as a potted plant.”Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man: Max Martin, Elusive Hitmaker
Debra A. Klein
October 17, 2014
In that chapter, Jennie has a conversation with a potted plant that tries, without success, to talk her out of leaving home.Maurice Sendak Didn’t Just Make Books for Children, but for Everyone
May 9, 2012
Republican Sen. John Cornyn complained in a tweet that Congress was being treated like “a potted plant.”Is the Libya War Legal?
March 22, 2011
Spam may be the most well known, but there are hundreds of “potted meat products” available—Armour has an entire line.The Weirdest Food Trend Ever
July 15, 2010
They purchased fine, large bulbs, potted them, and had only leaves for their pains.
It is potted, cut back and taken in the house through the winter.
Potted bloater is one of the least expensive and appetizing of all potted meats.Culture and Cooking
Her gaze was attracted to some potted roses languishing in a corner.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
He was to have been potted by his own men—both Cass and his loyal henchman, Bill.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
- placed or grown in a pot
- cooked or preserved in a potpotted shrimps
- informal summarized or abridgeda potted version of a novel
- a container made of earthenware, glass, or similar material; usually round and deep, often having a handle and lid, used for cooking and other domestic purposes
- short for flowerpot, teapot
- the amount that a pot will hold; potful
- a chamber pot, esp a small one designed for a baby or toddler
- a handmade piece of pottery
- a large mug or tankard, as for beer
- Australian any of various measures used for serving beer
- informal a cup or trophy, esp of silver, awarded as a prize in a competition
- the money or stakes in the pool in gambling games, esp poker
- (often plural) informal a large amount, esp of money
- a wicker trap for catching fish, esp crustaceansa lobster pot
- billiards snooker a shot by which a ball is pocketed
- mainly British short for chimneypot
- US informal a joint fund created by a group of individuals or enterprises and drawn upon by them for specified purposes
- hunting See pot shot
- See potbelly
- go to pot to go to ruin; deteriorate
- to set (a plant) in a flowerpot to grow
- to put or preserve (goods, meat, etc) in a pot
- to cook (food) in a pot
- to shoot (game) for food rather than for sport
- to shoot (game birds or animals) while they are on the ground or immobile rather than flying or running
- (also intr) to shoot casually or without careful aim at (an animal, etc)
- to sit (a baby or toddler) on a chamber pot
- (also intr) to shape clay as a potter
- billiards snooker to pocket (a ball)
- informal to capture or win; secure
- Scot and Northern English dialecta deep hole or pothole
- (capital when part of a name)Pen-y-Ghent Pot
- slang cannabis used as a drug in any form, such as leaves (marijuana or hemp) or resin (hashish)
- informal short for potentiometer
Word Origin and History for potted
of meat, "preserved in a pot," 1640s, past participle adjective from pot (v.). Of a plant, from 1718. In the figurative sense of "put into a short, condensed form," 1866,
"vessel," from late Old English pott and Old French pot "pot, container, mortar" (also in erotic senses), both from a general Low Germanic (cf. Old Frisian pott, Middle Dutch pot) and Romanic word from Vulgar Latin *pottus, of uncertain origin, said by Barnhart and OED to be unconnected to Late Latin potus "drinking cup." Celtic forms are said to be borrowed from English and French.
Slang meaning "large sum of money staked on a bet" is attested from 1823. Pot roast is from 1881; phrase go to pot (16c.) suggests cooking. In phrases, the pot calls the kettle black-arse is from c.1700; shit or get off the pot is traced by Partridge to Canadian armed forces in World War II.
"marijuana," 1938, probably a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya "marijuana leaves."
"to put in a pot," 1610s, from pot (n.1). Related: Potted; potting. Earlier it meant "to drink from a pot" (1590s).
Idioms and Phrases with potted
In addition to the idiom beginning with pot
- pot calling the kettle black, the
- fish or cut bait (shit or get off the pot)
- go to pot
- hit the jackpot
- sweeten the kitty (pot)
- take potluck
- tempest in a teapot
- watched pot never boils