Definition of pothole noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒthəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːthoʊl//
    Features of roads
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  1. 1a large rough hole in the surface of a road that is formed by traffic and bad weather See related entries: Features of roads
  2. 2a deep hole that is formed in rock, especially by the action of water
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Middle English pot ‘pit’ (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) + hole.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pothole