p. potter


Beatrix [bee-uh-triks] , 1866–1943, English writer and illustrator of children's books.
Paul, 1625–54, Dutch painter.
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potter1 (ˈpɒtə)
a person who makes pottery

potter or putter2 (ˈpɒtə)
vb (usually foll by away)
1.  (intr; often foll by about or around) to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
2.  (intr; often foll by along or about) to move with little energy or direction: to potter about town
3.  to waste (time): to potter the day away
4.  the act of pottering
[C16 (in the sense: to poke repeatedly): from Old English potian to thrust; see put]
putter or putter2
[C16 (in the sense: to poke repeatedly): from Old English potian to thrust; see put]
'potterer or putter2
'putterer or putter2

Potter (ˈpɒtə)
1.  (Helen) Beatrix. 1866--1943, British author and illustrator of children's animal stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
2.  Dennis (Christopher George). 1935--94, British dramatist. His TV plays include Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Singing Detective (1986), and Blackeyes (1989)
3.  Paulus. 1625--54, Dutch painter, esp of animals
4.  Stephen. 1900--70, British humorist and critic. Among his best-known works are Gamesmanship (1947) and One-Upmanship (1952), on the art of achieving superiority over others

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. pottere, O.Fr. potier, from root of pot (1). First record of pottery is attested from late 15c., "a potter's workshop," from O.Fr. poterie (13c.), from potier. Meaning "pottery-ware" is first recorded 1785. Potter's field (1526) 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).

1530, "to poke again and again," frequentative of obsolete poten "to push, poke," from O.E. potian "to push" (see put). Sense of "occupy oneself in a trifling way" is first recorded 1740.
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