Definition of potter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

potter

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɒtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they potter
BrE BrE//ˈpɒtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtər//
 
he / she / it potters
BrE BrE//ˈpɒtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtərz//
 
past simple pottered
BrE BrE//ˈpɒtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtərd//
 
past participle pottered
BrE BrE//ˈpɒtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtərd//
 
-ing form pottering
BrE BrE//ˈpɒtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtərɪŋ//
 
 
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(British English) (North American English putter) [intransitive] + adv./prep. to do things or move without hurrying, especially when you are doing something that you enjoy and that is not important I spent the day pottering around the house. Word Originverb mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘poke repeatedly’): frequentative of dialect pote ‘to push, kick, or poke’ of unknown origin.