nounrare, dialect Scottish, British
A gentle or weak kick or push.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From pote.
verbdialect Scottish, British, Irish
1with object To kick (something); to paw (the ground) with a foot; to stamp (one's foot).
2with object To poke (a fire, etc.) with a stick, poker, etc.
Old English (in an earlier sense). Probably cognate with Middle Dutch pōten to stick in the ground, to secure, to graft (Dutch poten to plant), Middle Low German pōten, pāten, patten to plant, to graft, Icelandic pota to poke, thrust, Norwegian (Nynorsk) pota to poke, Swedish regional påta to poke, to poke about, Danish pode to graft, to plant; further etymology uncertain: apparently related to put.