Teapot riddle rules:
I have one word which has several (2 or more) meanings.
Each of the meanings is a teapot (first, second ...)
You try to figure out the word with my Hints.

First:

My first teapot could be almost anything.

Second:

My second teapot is very specific.

Third:

My third teapot is quite the contrary.

  • We should really make a "teapot" tag with these riddles getting more and more popular each day XD – Kevin L Sep 24 at 13:19
  • @KevinL I don't know - someone said that about "Rileys". At the end of the day they are just word puzzles involving a homograph. I think for newcomers it is better that they are classified generically. – Astralbee Sep 24 at 13:21
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    Yeah, I know. Just a joke lol :D – Kevin L Sep 24 at 13:21
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    Perhaps we may create a "homographs" tag? – Racso Sep 24 at 13:33
  • @Racso Take it to meta and see what folks say. – Astralbee Sep 24 at 13:40
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Would you happen to be:

Object

My first teapot could be almost anything.

Object is a generic term for just about anything. Can you hand me that object on the table?

My second teapot is very specific.

An object is also classified as a goal or purpose, though typically referred to as an objective, it can be the former: The object of my reality is to become Hokage!

My third teapot is quite the contrary.

To object to something is to disagree with, which is quite the contrary.

  • But there is a difference in the way you pronounce them right? – nikki Sep 24 at 17:49
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    I like this answer! +1 @nikki I believe that the object of these puzzles is to find a word that fits for all of them, without emphasis on pronunciation (ie. they can be pronounced any way you'd like as long as they're spelled the same). – El-Guest Sep 24 at 17:50
  • @nikki your answer is also a homonym instead of a homograph. – PerpetualJ Sep 24 at 17:57
  • @El-Guest that makes sense. – nikki Sep 24 at 18:08
  • @PerpetualJ I thought they had to be the same spelling and pronunciation. Also AFAIK a homograph is a type of homonym – nikki Sep 24 at 18:08

Is it

Converse

My first teapot could be almost anything:

Converse of something depends on that something and thus can be anything if we don't know whose converse or converse to what we are talking about.

My second teapot is very specific:

A type of shoe with a distinguishable design.

My third teapot is quite the contrary:

Literally --conversely.

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    Nopers! But good try. – Astralbee Sep 24 at 13:52

I feel like this could be

Matter

My first teapot could be almost anything

Matter is anything that has mass

My second teapot is very specific.

Like content or Subject matter

My third teapot is quite the contrary.

Would you happen to be:

Set

My first teapot could be almost anything.

A set or a group of things.

My second teapot is very specific.

Set something into a specific state.

My third teapot is quite the contrary.

Set against the argument in question.

Also, didn't know this before, and both appear as definitions for the above:

Sett is the lair or burrow of a badger.

and...

Sett is the particular pattern of stripes in a tartan.

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