Origin of poteenIrish poitin, diminutive of poite, pot
Origin of poteenIrish Gaelic poitín, small pot, poteen, from pota, pot, from English pot1.
(countable and uncountable, plural poteens)
- (Ireland) Illegally produced Irish whiskey; moonshine.
This term usually refers to illegally-produced whiskey; whiskey produced in the same way but legally is usually not referred to as poteen.
From Irish poitÃn (“little pot").