a former liquid measure equal to two quarts.
a pot or tankard of this capacity.
the wine or other liquid in it.

Origin of pottle

1250–1300; Middle English potel < Middle French, diminutive of pot pot1; see -elle
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Examples from the Web for pottle

Historical Examples of pottle

  • I believe there are men who can lay hold of a needle in a pottle of hay at the first try.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • “Let us exorcise your devil with a pottle of hot ale,” he suggested.

    The Lady of Loyalty House

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • As Shakespeare says, ‘The world is my pottle, and I stir my spoon.’

    The Associate Hermits

    Frank R. Stockton

  • He addressed himself to Pottle: "Did he shake hands with you?"

  • I always say Adriana is like Nell Gwyn, and she shall go about with a pottle.


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for pottle



archaic a liquid measure equal to half a gallon
NZ a plastic or cardboard container for foods such as yoghurt, fruit salad, or cottage cheese

Word Origin for pottle

C14: potel, from Old French: a small pot 1
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