house·​bro·​ken | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce housebroken (audio) \

Definition of housebroken

1 : trained to excretory habits acceptable in indoor living used of a household pet
2 : made tractable or polite

Examples of housebroken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One housebroken joey would watch television in their living room. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 The country’s leading art educator was the mediocre German painter Anton Raphael Mengs, who promulgated a sort of housebroken neoclassicism. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2020 Dogs supposedly trained to detect and respond to potentially life-threatening blood sugar levels in people with diabetes were, in reality, often untrained, un-housebroken puppies with hefty pricetags—currently set at $25,000. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 10 May 2018 Sherman, discarded by the Seahawks, arrives with bad-puppy baggage — old, banged-up, a rep for being not quite housebroken. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of housebroken

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of housebroken

: trained to urinate or defecate outside the home or in an acceptable place indoors


house·​bro·​ken | \ -ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce housebroken (audio) \

Medical Definition of housebroken

: trained to excretory habits acceptable in indoor living used of a household pet

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