• noun a drunkard or habitual heavy drinker. This term of disapproval or affectionate abuse has been a British colloquialism for hundreds of years. The pot in question is a jar of ale, which is tossed down the throat.
  • noun a foolish, weak, unpleasant and/or incompetent person. Users of the term in this sense probably confuse it with tosser, falsely identifying the verb origin toss off with its sense of to masturbate. In Australia the expression toss-pot is sometimes used as a meaningless term of hearty address.