Main meanings of potboiling in English

: potboiling1potboiling2

potboiling1

Pronunciation /ˈpɒtˌbɔɪlɪŋ/

noun

  • Artistic, literary, or other creative work produced solely to make the originator a living by catering to popular taste, without regard to artistic quality; the production of such work.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Dean Howells (1837–1920), author. From potboil + -ing.

Main meanings of potboiling in English

: potboiling1potboiling2

potboiling2

Pronunciation /ˈpɒtˌbɔɪlɪŋ/

adjective

  • Of the nature of a potboiler; undertaken or produced solely to make the originator a living by catering to popular taste, without regard to artistic quality.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Samuel Pratt (1749–1814), writer and actor.