What does Potter mean?

Definitions for Potter
ˈpɒt ərpot·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Potter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. potter, thrower, ceramicist, ceramistverb

    a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln

  2. putter, mess around, potter, tinker, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck aroundverb

    do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

    "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"

  3. potter, putterverb

    work lightly

    "The old lady is pottering around in the garden"

  4. putter, potter, potter around, putter aroundverb

    move around aimlessly


  1. Potternoun

    someone connected with Stoke City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  2. Potternoun

    for a potter.

  3. Etymology: Reduplicative alteration of pote.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Potternoun

    A maker of earthen vessels.

    Etymology: potier, Fr. from pot.

    My thoughts are whirled like a potter’s wheel. William Shakespeare.

    Some press the plants with sherds of potters clay. Dryd.

    A potter will not have any chalk or marl mixed with the clay; for though it will hold burning, yet whenever any water comes near any such pots, it will slack and spoil the ware. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    He like the potter in a mould his cast
    The world’s great frame. Matthew Prior.


  1. potter

    A potter is a person who makes pottery, such as pots, dishes, and other ceramic products, usually on a potter's wheel. They may also be involved in the entire process from preparing clay, shaping it into the desired form, decorating, glazing and finally firing it. Potters can be hobbyists, professionals or artists, producing work ranging from practical everyday items to decorative or artistic pieces.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potternoun

    one whose occupation is to make earthen vessels

  2. Potternoun

    one who hawks crockery or earthenware

  3. Potternoun

    one who pots meats or other eatables

  4. Potternoun

    the red-bellied terrapin. See Terrapin

  5. Potterverb

    to busy one's self with trifles; to labor with little purpose, energy, of effect; to trifle; to pother

  6. Potterverb

    to walk lazily or idly; to saunter

  7. Potterverb

    to poke; to push; also, to disturb; to confuse; to bother

  8. Etymology: [Cf. F. potier.]


  1. Potter

    Potter is a town in Yates County, New York, in the United States. The Town of Potter is located in the northwest part of the county and is south of Canandaigua, New York. The population was 1,865 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Potter

    pot′ėr, n. one who makes earthenware.—n. Pott′ery, earthenware vessels: a place where earthenware is manufactured: the business of a potter.—Potter's clay, clay used in the making of earthenware; Potter's field, a burial-place for strangers (Matt. xxvii. 7); Potter's wheel, a horizontal wheel on which clay vessels are shaped.

  2. Potter

    pot′ėr, v.i. to be fussily engaged about trifles: to loiter.—n. Pott′erer. [Prov. pote, to push.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Potter is ranked #457 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Potter surname appeared 72,175 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 24 would have the surname Potter.

    89% or 64,286 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 3,703 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 1,804 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 1,415 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 563 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 404 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Potter in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Potter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Potter in a Sentence

  1. Kim Potter:

    Everything( Kim Potter) did was legal and then Kim Potter tried to break away.

  2. Daunte Wrights:

    I heard the police officer come to the window and say,' Put the phone down and get out of the car,' and Kim Potter said,' Why ?' And he said,' We'll explain to Daunte Wright mother when Daunte Wright mother get out of the car,' so, I heard the phone get either put on the dashboard or dropped, and I heard scuffling, and I heard the police officers say,' Kim Potter, don't run.' And then the other officer said,' Put the phone down'.

  3. Hesiod:

    Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.

  4. Omar Khayyam:

    I do remember stopping by the way, To watch a potter thumping his wet clay; And with its all-obliterated tongue It murmured, ?Gently, brother, gently, pray!?

  5. Sean Biggerstaff:

    It can be a bit irritating when someone asks me how the new film's coming along when I haven't worked on Harry Potter for two years. Generally speaking, I have no problem with it. Most actors go through their careers without ever being involved in something so spectacular, so I think it would be a bit ignorant of me to object to being associated with it. Harry Potter is an amazing thing. I'm not just being diplomatic here either. I'm still reminded regularly of what a unique experience it was.

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