- a round vessel of any size, made as of metal, earthenware, or glass, used for holding liquids, cooking or preserving food, etc.
- a pot with its contents
- a pot of liquor; drink; potation
- flowerpot, lobster pot, chimney pot, etc.
- chamber pot
- Slang a toilet: with the
- all the money bet at a single time; pool; kitty
- Informal a large amount, as of money
- Informal a potshot
Origin of potMiddle English from Old English pott, akin to Dutch and French pot from Medieval Latin pottus from Vulgar Latin potus, drinking cup from L, a drink from potare: see potable
transitive verbpot′ted, pot′ting
- to put into a pot
- to preserve in a pot or jar
- to cook in a pot
- to shoot (game) for food instead of for sport
- to hit or secure by or as by a potshot
- Informal to secure, win, or capture; bag
go to pot
Origin of potfrom the idea of being chopped into pieces, as meat and vegetables for the stew pot
Origin of potcontr. from American Spanish potiguaya
- Any of various usually domestic containers made of pottery, metal, or glass, as:a. A round, fairly deep cooking vessel with a handle and often a lid.b. A short round container for storing or serving food: a jam pot; a mustard pot.c. A coffeepot.d. A teapot.
- a. Such a container and its contents: a pot of stew; brewed a pot of coffee.b. A potful.
- a. A large drinking cup; a tankard.b. A drink of liquor contained in such a cup.
- An artistic or decorative ceramic vessel of any shape.
- A flowerpot.
- Something, such as a chimney pot or chamber pot, that resembles a round cooking vessel in appearance or function.
- A trap for eels, other fish, or crustaceans, typically consisting of a wicker or wire basket or cage.
- Games a. The total amount staked by all the players in one hand in cards.b. The area on a card table where stakes are placed.c. A shot in billiards or related games intended to send a ball into a pocket.
- Informal A common fund to which members of a group contribute.
- often pots Informal A large amount: lost a pot of cash in the stock market crash; made pots of money on their investment.
- Informal A potshot.
- Informal A potbelly.
- Informal A potty or toilet.
verbpot·ted, pot·ting, pots
- To place or plant in a pot: pot a geranium.
- To preserve (food) in a pot.
- To cook in a pot.
- To shoot (game) for food rather than for sport.
- Informal To shoot with a potshot.
- Informal To win or capture; bag.
- Games To hit (a ball) into a pocket.
- Informal To take a potshot.
- To make or shape objects from clay, as on a potter's wheel.
Origin of potMiddle English from Old English pott from Vulgar Latin pottus
Origin of potOrigin unknown
- A vessel used for cooking or storing food, or for growing plants in, especially flowers.
- (poker) The money wagered in poker or similar games.
- A trap for catching lobsters, crabs, eels, or fish.
- (archaic) An iron hat with a broad brim.
- (Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania) A glass of beer, of a size that varies regionally but is normally 10 fl oz (285 ml).
- A potshot.
- (slang) A protruding belly; a paunch.
- (slang) Ruin or deterioration.
- His prospects went to pot.
- (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The act of causing a ball to fall into a pocket.
- (slang) A potentiometer.
- (rail transport) A non-conducting, usually ceramic, stand that supports the third rail while keeping it electrically insulated from the ground.
- A metal or earthenware extension of a flue above the top of a chimney; a chimney pot.
- A crucible.
- a graphite pot; a melting pot
- A perforated cask for draining sugar.
- A size of paper; pott.
(third-person singular simple present pots, present participle potting, simple past and past participle potted)
- To put (something) into a pot.
- to pot a plant
- To preserve by bottling or canning.
- potted meat
- (cue sports) To cause a ball to fall into a pocket.
- (cue sports) To be capable of being potted.
- The black ball doesn't pot; the red is in the way.
- To shoot.
- (UK) To send someone to gaol, expeditiously.
- To drain.
- to pot sugar, by taking it from the cooler, and placing it in hogsheads, etc. with perforated heads, through which the molasses drains off
From Middle English pot, potte, from Old English pott (“a pot"), from Proto-Germanic *puttaz (“pot"), from Proto-Indo-European *budn- (“a type of vessel"). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Pot (“pot"), Dutch pot (“pot"), Low German Pott (“pot"), German Pott (“pot"), Swedish pott (“pot"), Icelandic pottur (“tub, pot").
Possibly a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya (“marijuana leaves") or potaguaya (“cannabis leaves") or potaciÃ³n de guaya literally "˜drink of grief', supposedly denoting a drink of wine or brandy in which marijuana buds were steeped.
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