from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various usually domestic containers made of pottery, metal, or glass, as:
  • n. A round, fairly deep cooking vessel with a handle and often a lid.
  • n. A short round container for storing or serving food: a jam pot; a mustard pot.
  • n. A coffeepot.
  • n. A teapot.
  • n. Such a container and its contents: a pot of stew; brewed a pot of coffee.
  • n. A potful.
  • n. A large drinking cup; a tankard.
  • n. A drink of liquor contained in such a cup.
  • n. An artistic or decorative ceramic vessel of any shape.
  • n. A flowerpot.
  • n. Something, such as a chimney pot or chamber pot, that resembles a round cooking vessel in appearance or function.
  • n. A trap for eels, other fish, or crustaceans, typically consisting of a wicker or wire basket or cage.
  • n. Games The total amount staked by all the players in one hand at cards. See Synonyms at bet.
  • n. Games The area on a card table where stakes are placed.
  • n. Games A shot in billiards or related games intended to send a ball into a pocket.
  • n. Informal A common fund to which members of a group contribute.
  • n. Informal A large amount. Often used in the plural: made pots of money on their investment.
  • n. Informal A potshot.
  • n. Informal A potbelly.
  • n. Informal A potty or toilet.
  • n. See potentiometer.
  • transitive v. To place or plant in a pot: pot a geranium.
  • transitive v. To preserve (food) in a pot.
  • transitive v. To cook in a pot.
  • transitive v. To shoot (game) for food rather than for sport.
  • transitive v. Informal To shoot with a potshot.
  • transitive v. Informal To win or capture; bag.
  • transitive v. Games To hit (a ball) into a pocket.
  • intransitive v. Informal To take a potshot.
  • intransitive v. To make or shape objects from clay, as on a potter's wheel.
  • n. Slang Marijuana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vessel used for cooking or storing food.
  • n. The money wagered in poker or similar games.
  • n. A trap for catching lobsters, crabs, or fish.
  • n. An iron hat with a broad brim.
  • n. A glass of beer, of a size that varies regionally but is normally 10 fl oz (285 ml).
  • n. A potshot.
  • n. A protruding belly; a paunch.
  • n. Ruin or deterioration.
  • n. The act of causing a ball to fall into a pocket.
  • n. A potentiometer.
  • n. A non-conducting, usually ceramic, stand that supports the third rail while keeping it electrically insulated from the ground.
  • v. To put (something) into a pot.
  • v. To preserve by bottling or canning, e.g. potted meat
  • v. To cause a ball to fall into a pocket.
  • v. To be capable of being potted.
  • v. To send someone to gaol, expeditiously.
  • v. To tipple; to drink.
  • n. The drug marijuana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A metallic or earthen vessel, appropriated to any of a great variety of uses, as for boiling meat or vegetables, for holding liquids, for plants, etc.
  • n. An earthen or pewter cup for liquors; a mug.
  • n. The quantity contained in a pot; a potful.
  • n. A metal or earthenware extension of a flue above the top of a chimney; a chimney pot.
  • n. A crucible
  • n. A wicker vessel for catching fish, eels, etc.
  • n. A perforated cask for draining sugar.
  • n. A size of paper. See Pott.
  • n. marijuana.
  • n. The total of the bets at stake at one time, as in racing or card playing; the pool
  • n. A plain defensive headpiece; later, and perhaps in a jocose sense, any helmet; -- called also pot helmet.
  • n. The total of the bets at one time; the pool.
  • intransitive v. To tipple; to drink.
  • intransitive v. To take a pot shot or shots, as at game or an enemy.
  • transitive v. To place or inclose in pots.
  • transitive v. To preserve seasoned in pots.
  • transitive v. To set out or cover in pots.
  • transitive v. To drain.
  • transitive v. To pocket.
  • transitive v. To shoot for the pot, i.e., cooking; to secure or hit by a pot shot; to shoot when no special skill is needed.
  • transitive v. To secure; gain; win; bag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into pots.
  • To preserve in pots, usually in the form of paste and often with high seasoning: as, potted meats or lobster.
  • To stew; cook in a pot as a stew: as, to pot pigeons.
  • To plant or set in pots: as, to pot plants.
  • To put in casks for draining: as, to pot sugar by taking it from the cooler and placing it in hogsheads with perforated heads, from which the molasses percolates.
  • To shoot; bring down by shooting; bag: as, to pot a rabbit, a turkey, or an enemy; hence, to catch; secure: as, to pot an heiress.
  • To cap. See to cap verses, under cap, verb
  • To manufacture, as pottery or porcelain; especially, to shape and fire, as a preliminary to the decoration.
  • To drink; tipple.
  • To shoot at an enemy or at game; especially, to shoot to kill.
  • To deceive.
  • n. A vessel of earth, iron, brass, or other metal, usually of circular section and in shape rather deep than broad, employed for domestic and other purposes.
  • n. An earthen vessel, often for holding something distinctively specified; a jar or jug: as, a flower-pot; a cream-pot.
  • n. A drinking-vessel; a vessel containing a specified quantity of liquor, usually a quart or a pint; a mug.
  • n. The contents of a pot; that which is cooked in a pot; specifically, the quantity contained in a drinking-pot, generally a quart (in Guernsey and Jersey, about 2 quarts). A pot of butter was by statutes of Charles II. made 14 pounds.
  • n. Stoneware: a trade-term.
  • n. In sugar manufacturing, an earthen mold used in refining; also, a perforated cask in which sugar is placed for drainage of the molasses.
  • n. In founding, a crucible.
  • n. In glass manufacturing, the crucible in which the frit is melted. Those used for glass of fine quality, such as flint-glass, are closed to guard against impurities.
  • n. The metal or earthenware top of a chimney; a chimney-pot.
  • n. A size of writing-paper whose original water-mark is said to have been a pot. The smallest sheets measure 15½ x 12½ inches. Also spelled pott.
  • n. In fishing: The circular inclosed part of a pound-net, otherwise called the bowl, pound, or crib.
  • n. A hollow vessel for trapping fish; a lobster-pot.
  • n. In card-playing: The aggregate stakes, generally placed together in the center of the table; the pool.
  • n. In faro, the name given to the six-, seven-, and eight-spots in the lay-out.
  • n. A large sum of money.
  • n. A simple form of steel cap, sometimes plain, like the skull-cap, sometimes having a brim.
  • n. In pyrotechny, the head of a rocket, containing the decorations.
  • n. To “keep things going”; keep up a brisk and continued round of activity.
  • n. A pit; a hole; especially, a deep hole scooped out by the eddies of a river.
  • n. In poker, a jack-pot; a pool formed by equal contributions from all the players before the deal.
  • n. In geology: The earthy or consolidated material found in a pot-hole.
  • n. A pot-like cavity in rock, which contains earthy matter.
  • n. A rounded and pot-like mass of ore, such as often occurs in the case of brown hematites or limonites distributed through clays and ochers.
  • n. A Danish liquid measure equal to .212 gallons.
  • n. An abbreviation of the Latin potassa, potash;
  • n. [lowercase] of potential;
  • n. of the Latin potio, potion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slang for a paunch
  • n. the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
  • n. a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • n. a container in which plants are cultivated
  • n. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
  • v. plant in a pot
  • n. the quantity contained in a pot
  • n. street names for marijuana
  • n. metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English pott, from Vulgar Latin *pottus.
Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English pot, potte, from Old English pott ("a pot"), from Proto-Germanic *puttaz (“pot”), from Proto-Indo-European *budn- (“a type of vessel”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Pot ("pot"), Dutch pot ("pot"), Low German Pott ("pot"), German Pott ("pot"), Swedish pott ("pot"), Icelandic pottur ("tub, pot"). Cognate to Albanian poç ("vase, pot").

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Possibly a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya ("marijuana leaves") or potaguaya ("cannabis leaves") or potación de guaya literally ‘drink of grief’, supposedly denoting a drink of wine or brandy in which marijuana buds were steeped.



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