verb (used without object), noun Chiefly British.
Origin of potter2
Examples from the Web for pottering
Historical Examples of pottering
I could manage the little jobs that I'd get—in fact, pottering about at them would do me good.The Great Hunger
He left the room and she heard him pottering in the kitchen.The Paliser case
Just as if we hadn't had enough tinkering and pottering lately.
The men were a sculptor, pottering with clay, and his model.The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers
Harlan was engaged in that pleasant pastime known as “pottering.”At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
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.