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[pot-l] /ˈpɒt l/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was the voice of Mrs. Gallup; to Mr. pottle it seemed that there was a tender note in it.

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

    The Associate Hermits Frank R. Stockton
  • Mr. pottle's eyes fell on his own scarlet pareu and the brownish legs beneath it.

  • 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
  • "He's gone to get his tribe," thought Mr. pottle, and fled in the opposite direction.

  • It will be noted that the ancient measure—a pottle—is here used.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The chivalrous Mr. pottle heaved up from his pillow like an irate grampus from the depths of a tank.

  • Reason told Mr. pottle that friendliness was the best policy.

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

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • Mr. pottle's voice faltered a little as he asked the next question.

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
C14: potel, from Old French: a small pot1
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