Origin of pot-walloperaltered (infl. by wallop, to boil) ; from potwaller, literally , a pot boiler ; from pot + obsolete wall, to boil ; from Middle English wallen ; from Old English weallan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn, roll from source walk
- (historical) A voter in certain English boroughs, where, before the passage of the Reform Act 1832, the qualification for suffrage was to have boiled (walloped) his own pot in the parish for six months.
- (US, slang, dated) One who cleans pots; a scullion.
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