Pot-walloper

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pot-walloper A voter in certain boroughs of England, where, before the passage of the reform bill of 1832, the qualification for suffrage was to have boiled (walloped) his own pot in the parish for six months.
    • Pot-walloper One who cleans pots; a scullion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pot-walloper One who boils a pot. Specifically— One who prepares his own food; a housekeeper or a lodger who prepares his own food; in particular, a parliamentary voter in some English boroughs before the passing of the Reform Bill of 1832. Every male inhabitant, whether housekeeper or lodger, who had resided six months in the borough, and had not been chargeable to any township as a pauper for twelve months, was entitled to vote.
    • n pot-walloper A cook aboard ship; a pot-wrestler.
    • n pot-walloper A scullion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pot-walloper pot-wol′op-ėr a pot-boiler: a voter in certain English boroughs where, before the Reform Bill of 1832, every one who boiled a pot—i.e. every male householder or lodger, was entitled to vote—also Pot′-wall′oner
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lit., 'pot-boiler,' the latter part of the word being from an Old Low Ger. wallen, to boil.

Usage

In literature:

In half an hour they may rank themselves among the pot-wallopers of Ravensnest.
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
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