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[pot-wol-uh-per, pot-wol-] /ˈpɒtˌwɒl ə pər, pɒtˈwɒl-/
noun, English History
(in some boroughs before the Reform Bill of 1832) a man who qualified as a householder, and therefore a voter, by virtue of ownership of his own fireplace at which to boil pots.
Also called potwaller
[pot-wol-er] /ˈpɒtˌwɒl ər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of potwalloper
1715-25; pot1 + walloper; replacing potwaller literally, potboiler (pot1 + wall, Old English weallan to boil + -er1) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for potwaller


(in some English boroughs) a man entitled to the franchise before 1832 by virtue of possession of his own fireplace
Word Origin
C18: from pot1 + wallop to boil furiously, from Old English weallan to boil
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