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
From Middle English pottere, from Old French potier
(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.