potato Definition

  • 1a starchy plant tuber that is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  • 2a sweet potato

Using potato: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "potato" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I like to eat potatoes with my steak.

  • Example

    Mashed potatoes are a popular side dish.

  • Example

    She grows potatoes in her garden every year.

  • Example

    The restaurant serves baked potatoes with various toppings.

potato Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for potato

Phrases with potato

  • small potatoes

    something insignificant or unimportant


    Compared to the other expenses, the cost of the flowers was small potatoes.

  • a person who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television


    My brother is such a couch potato; he can spend all day watching TV.

  • a controversial or difficult issue that is unpleasant to deal with


    The issue of gun control is a political hot potato in the United States.

Origins of potato

from Spanish 'patata', from Taino 'batata'


Summary: potato in Brief

A 'potato' [pəˈteɪtəʊ] is a starchy plant tuber that is a staple food crop and commonly eaten as a vegetable. It is often served as a side dish and can be prepared in various ways. The term also encompasses sweet potatoes. Phrases like 'small potatoes' denote insignificance, 'couch potato' refers to someone who watches TV all day, and 'hot potato' describes a controversial issue.

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