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Dictionary Definition

potter n : a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln [syn: thrower, ceramicist, ceramist]

Verb

1 do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house" [syn: putter, mess around, tinker, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around]
2 work lightly; "The old lady is pottering around in the garden" [syn: putter]
3 move around aimlessly [syn: putter, potter around, putter around]

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Etymology

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Noun

  1. One who makes pots and other ceramic wares.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 453,
      shoemakers, weavers, potters, bronzeworkers who produced and purveyed the articles necessary for daily life.
  2. In the context of "idiom|biblical": God, the creator.
    • 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Isaiah 64:8,
      But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our potter; and we are the work of thy hand.
    • 1978. Old Testament, New International Version, Isaiah 64:8,
      O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of thy hand.
  3. One who places flowers or other plants inside their pots.
One who makes pots and ceramic wares

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Extensive Definition

A potter is someone who makes pottery.
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potter in Czech: Potter
potter in German: Potter
potter in French: Potter
potter in Korean: 포터
potter in Dutch: Potter
potter in Polish: Potter
potter in Portuguese: Potter
potter in Russian: Поттер
potter in Finnish: Potter
potter in Volapük: Potter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beguile the time, burn daylight, ceramicist, ceramist, consume time, coquet, dabble, dally, dally away, diddle, diddle away, doodle, dribble away, drivel away, enamelist, fiddle, fiddle with, fiddle-faddle, fidget with, finger with, flirt, fool, fool around, fool away, fool with, footle, fribble, fritter away, fritter away time, frivol, glass cutter, glassblower, glazer, horse around, idle, idle away, jerk off, kid around, kill time, loiter, lose time, meddle with, mess, mess around, monkey, monkey around, muddle away, pass the time, piddle, piss away, play, play around, play with, potter away, puddle, putter, pyroglazer, smatter, tinker, toy, toy with, trifle, trifle away, trifle with, twiddle, waste time, while away
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