a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
such a container with its contents:
a pot of stew.
the amount contained in or held by a pot; potful.
a container of liquor or other drink:
a pot of ale.
liquor or other drink.
a cagelike vessel for trapping fish, lobsters, eels, etc., typically made of wood, wicker, or wire.
a chamber pot.
Slang. a large sum of money.
all the money bet at a single time; pool.
British Slang. (in horse racing) the favorite.
a liquid measure, usually equal to a pint or quart.
Slang. a potbelly.
verb (used with object), potted, potting.
to put into a pot.
to preserve (food) in a pot.
to cook in a pot.
to transplant into a pot:
We must pot the petunias.
Informal. to capture, secure, or win.
verb (used without object), potted, potting.
Informal. to take a ; shoot.
go to pot, to become ruined; deteriorate:
With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot.
sweeten the pot. (def 8).
noun, Scot. and North England.
a deep hole; pit.
a container made of earthenware, glass, or similar material; usually round and deep, often having a handle and lid, used for cooking and other domestic purposes
short for flowerpot, teapot
the amount that a pot will hold; potful
a chamber pot, esp a small one designed for a baby or toddler
a handmade piece of pottery
a large mug or tankard, as for beer
(Austral) any of various measures used for serving beer
(informal) a cup or trophy, esp of silver, awarded as a prize in a competition
the money or stakes in the pool in gambling games, esp poker
(often pl) (informal) a large amount, esp of money
a wicker trap for catching fish, esp crustaceans: a lobster pot
(billiards, snooker) a shot by which a ball is pocketed
(mainly Brit) short for chimneypot
(US, informal) a joint fund created by a group of individuals or enterprises and drawn upon by them for specified purposes
(hunting) See pot shot
go to pot, to go to ruin; deteriorate
verb (mainly transitive) pots, potting, potted
to set (a plant) in a flowerpot to grow
to put or preserve (goods, meat, etc) in a pot
to cook (food) in a pot
to shoot (game) for food rather than for sport
to shoot (game birds or animals) while they are on the ground or immobile rather than flying or running
(also intransitive) to shoot casually or without careful aim at (an animal, etc)
to sit (a baby or toddler) on a chamber pot
(also intransitive) to shape clay as a potter
(billiards, snooker) to pocket (a ball)
(informal) to capture or win; secure
(slang) cannabis used as a drug in any form, such as leaves (marijuana or hemp) or resin (hashish)
(informal) short for potentiometer
“vessel,” from late Old English pott and Old French pot “pot, container, mortar” (also in erotic senses), both from a general Low Germanic (cf. Old Frisian pott, Middle Dutch pot) and Romanic word from Vulgar Latin *pottus, of uncertain origin, said by Barnhart and OED to be unconnected to Late Latin potus “drinking cup.” Celtic forms are said to be borrowed from English and French.
Slang meaning “large sum of money staked on a bet” is attested from 1823. Pot roast is from 1881; phrase go to pot (16c.) suggests cooking. In phrases, the pot calls the kettle black-arse is from c.1700; shit or get off the pot is traced by Partridge to Canadian armed forces in World War II.
“marijuana,” 1938, probably a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya “marijuana leaves.”
“to put in a pot,” 1610s, from pot (n.1). Related: Potted; potting. Earlier it meant “to drink from a pot” (1590s).
: a pot party
Marijuana; grass, tea: Most of the parties I had been invited to recently, pot had been passed around freely
[1930s+ Narcotics; perhaps fr Mexican Spanish potiguaya, ”marijuana leaves”]
A potentiometer (1940s+)
A dog: a card for your pooch
screw the pooch
[1924+; origin obscure]
Plain Old Telephone Service
plain old telephone service
plain old telephone system
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[pot-shurd] /ˈpɒtˌʃɜrd/ noun 1. a broken pottery fragment, especially one of archaeological value. /ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd/ noun 1. a broken fragment of pottery n. early 14c., from pot (n.1) + Middle English schoord, from Old English sceard (see shard). a “shred”, i.e., anything severed, as a fragment of earthenware (Job 2:8; Prov. 26:23; Isa. 45:9).
[pots-dam; for 1 also German pawts-dahm] /ˈpɒts dæm; for 1 also German ˈpɔts dɑm/ noun 1. a city in and the capital of Brandenburg, in NE Germany, SW of Berlin: formerly the residence of German emperors; wartime conference July–August 1945 of Truman, Stalin, Churchill, and later, Attlee. 2. a town in N New York. [bran-duh […]
[pot-shot] /ˈpɒtˌʃɒt/ noun 1. a fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport. 2. a shot at an animal or person within easy range, as from ambush. 3. a casual or aimless shot. 4. a random or incidental criticism: to take a potshot at military spending in […]
noun 1. the spinning of rayon filaments in a centrifugal box.