Definitions for: Potter

[n] a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
[v] move around aimlessly
[v] do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
[v] work lightly; "The old lady is pottering around in the garden"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pot"ter, n. [Cf. F. potier.]
1. One whose occupation is to make earthen vessels. --Ps. ii.

The potter heard, and stopped his wheel.

2. One who hawks crockery or earthenware. [Prov. Eng.] --De

3. One who pots meats or other eatables.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The red-bellied terrapin. See Terrapin.

Potter's asthma (Med.), emphysema of the lungs; -- so
called because very prevalent among potters. --Parkers.

Potter's clay. See under Clay.

Potter's field, a public burial place, especially in a
city, for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals; -- so
named from the field south of Jerusalem, mentioned in
--Matt. xxvii. 7.

Potter's ore. See Alquifou.

Potter's wheel, a horizontal revolving disk on which the
clay is molded into form with the hands or tools. ``My
thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel.'' --Shak.

Potter wasp (Zo["o]l.), a small solitary wasp ({Eumenes
fraternal}) which constructs a globular nest of mud and
sand in which it deposits insect larv[ae], such as
cankerworms, as food for its young.

Pot"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pottered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Pottering.] [Cf. W. pwtio to poke, or OD. poteren to
search one thoroughly, Sw. p[*a]ta, peta, to pick, E. pother,
1. To busy one's self with trifles; to labor with little
purpose, energy, of effect; to trifle; to pother.

Pottering about the Mile End cottages. --Mrs. Humphry

2. To walk lazily or idly; to saunter.

Pot"ter, v. t.
To poke; to push; also, to disturb; to confuse; to bother.
[Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Synonyms: ceramicist, ceramist, mess around, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, potter around, putter, putter, putter around, thrower, tinker

See Also: artificer, artisan, busy, craftsman, Josiah Spode, Josiah Wedgwood, journeyman, move, occupy, puddle, Spode, Wedgwood, work

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