Cooking pot on a stove.





  • ; both Old English and Frankish from Proto-Germanic *puttaz, from Proto-Indo-European *budnós. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Pot, Dutch pot, Low German Pott, German Pott, Swedish potta, Icelandic pottur, Old Armenian պոյտն.
  • The sense of ruin or deterioration was originally an allusion to being chopped up and tossed in a pot like a piece of meat. The slang term for toilets and the lavatory derives from chamberpots although now usually encountered as potty during children's toilet training.
  • Possibly a shortened form of Mexican Spanish potiguaya or potaguaya or potación de guaya, supposedly denoting a drink of wine or brandy in which marijuana buds were steeped.

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