Definition of potboil in English:

potboil

verb

  • 1no object To produce artistic, literary, or other creative work solely to make a living by catering to popular taste, without regard to artistic quality.

  • 2with object To produce (artistic, literary, or other creative work) solely to make a living by catering to popular taste, without regard to artistic quality.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), painter and poet. From pot + boil, after potboiler.

Pronunciation

potboil

/ˈpɒtbɔɪl/