Origin of potter1
verb (used without object), noun Chiefly British.
Origin of potter2
Related Words for potterloiter, fidget, fool, interfere, niggle, poke, mess, doodle, puddle, tinker, fiddle, fritter, squander, dawdle, twiddle, coquet, wanton, monkey, putter, lounge
Examples from the Web for potter
Contemporary Examples of potter
Rats and frogs were killed by Potter as well, and some of the kittens had likely been drowned.
Thanks in large part to his skill and imagination, Potter has had much more staying power than his peers.
For The Kingfisher River Bank, Potter killed a whole family of kingfishers (and seized seven of their eggs).
To realize his pretty scenes, Potter employed some unpretty methods.
After suffering a stroke in 1914 from which he never recovered, Potter passed away on May 1, 1918 at age 82.
Historical Examples of potter
So, it all depends on the contents with which the Potter fills his jugs and pipkins, I assure you.The Book of Khalid
In court the potter, asked of what he complained, replied: 'Of the peeping of an ass.'Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
We heard "The Potter thumping his wet clay" and stopped and watched.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
This method, indeed, dates from Aztec time, when there was no potter's wheel.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
And with most of them, let us frankly admit it, the hand of the Potter shook.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14
esp US and Canadian putter
Word Origin for potter
"maker of pots" (they also sometimes doubled as bell-founders), late Old English pottere "potter," reinforced by Old French potier "potter," agent noun from root of pot (n.1). As a surname from late 12c. Potter's field (1520s) is Biblical, a ground where clay suitable for pottery was dug, later purchased by high priests of Jerusalem as a burying ground for strangers, criminals, and the poor (Matt. xxvii:7). An older Old English word for "potter" was crocwyrhta "crock-wright."
"occupy oneself in a trifling way," 1740, earlier "to poke again and again" (1520s), frequentative of obsolete verb poten "to push, poke," from Old English potian "to push" (see put (v.)). Sense of "occupy oneself in a trifling way" is first recorded 1740. Related: Pottered; pottering.