(North American putter)
- 1Occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant way: I’m quite happy just to potter about by myself hereMore example sentences
do nothing much, amuse oneself, tinker about/around, fiddle about/around, footle about/around, do odd jobsBritish • informal muck about/around, fanny about/aroundNorth American • informal putter about/around, lollygag
- He had more confidence to get about and could do a lot more - it allowed him to potter about in the house, in the garden and the greenhouse.
- He is ‘not really into’ nightclubs and is looking for a quiet house ‘with a nice garden, somewhere to potter about like the old boy I am’.
- The employees manning these centres are trained to remain unobtrusive and encourage the visitors to potter about, handling the products on display.
- 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Move or go in a casual, unhurried way: I might potter into Nice for the dayMore example sentences
- She stood up once the van puttered away and walked back inside.
- Here he comes, puttering up in his little soapbox derby car with its duck horn.
- My parents, as they potter through Camberwell and snooty suburbs walking their dog, chat away with locals and the subject often comes up.
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- He doesn't go far, a bit of a potterer if you like.
- I have no chance of getting an allotment, but I'm more of a potterer than a digger, so that doesn't bother me.
- I've never been much of a potterer but I've done some amount of pottering about over the last few days!
mid 16th century (in the sense 'poke repeatedly'): frequentative of dialect pote 'to push, kick, or poke' of unknown origin.
- A person who makes ceramic ware.More example sentences
- Following Meissen and Sèvres products, British potters began to use china clay or kaolin, when in 1768 William Cookworthy, a Plymouth chemist, proved the potential of the kaolin reserves of Cornwall.
- It has been my experience, in the art-show world, at least, that the word ‘clay,’ when used to describe this polymer material, has offended and angered many potters and ceramicists.
- In rural areas Hindus perform much of the traditional craft production of items for everyday life; caste groups include weavers, potters, iron and gold smiths, and carpenters.