(third-person singular simple present potes, present participle poting, simple past and past participle poted)
- To poke (with a stick etc.).
- 1420, City of London (England). Corporation, Calendar of Plea and Memoranda Rolls Preserved Among the Archives of the Corporation of the City of London at the Guild-hall, volume 1413-1437, The University Press, published 1943, page 75:
- One gown of blue colour furred with potes of calabre, 28
- 1481, William Carton, “68: Godfrey is wounded by a Bear.”, in Mary Noyes Colvin, PhD. editor, Godeffroy of Boloyne; or, The siege and conqueste of Jerusalem, London: Published for the Early English Text Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., translation of original by William of Tyre, published 1893, page 113:
- ... the beeste ... embraced hym with his potes, or feet to fore...
- 1497, “Will of R. Burton”, in Susan Flood editor, St. Albans Wills 1471-1500, Hertfordshire Record Society, published 1993, page 141:
- My wife's blewe gowne engrayned furred with powtes.
- 1612, Andrew Halyburton, “On Imports”, in Cosmo Nelson Innes editor, Ledger of Andrew Halyburton 1492-1503, published 1867, Book of Customs and Valuation of Merchandises, Anno. 1612, page 306:
- Foynes—backes the dozen ... tailes the pane or mantle ... powtes the hundreth
From Middle English poten, from Old English potian (“to push, thrust, strike, butt, goad”), from Proto-Germanic *putōną (“to stab, push, poke”). Cognate with Dutch poten (“to plant”), Norwegian pota (“to poke”). More at put.
Noun form from the word for paw in either Middle Dutch (poot, pote), Middle Low German (pōte), or Middle French (pote).
- (rare or archaic) Alternative spelling of poete.