Origin of potterMiddle English ; from Late Old English pottere ; from Medieval Latin pottarius
Origin of potterfrequentative formation ; from obsolete pote ; from Old English potian, to push
(third-person singular simple present potters, present participle pottering, simple past and past participle pottered)
- (UK) To act in a vague or unmotivated way.
- (UK) To move slowly or aimlessly. (Often potter about, potter around)
Reduplicative alteration of pote.