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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: pote 'to push' (OE-C19)

potter

2 verb
     
potter2 also potter about/around [intransitive] British English
to spend time doing pleasant things that are not important without hurrying [= putter American English]
I spent the morning pottering about in the garden.
potterer noun [countable]

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