housebroken

adjective house·bro·ken \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbrō-kən \
|Updated on: 25 May 2018

Definition of housebroken

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

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First Known Use of housebroken

1885

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HOUSEBROKEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of housebroken for English Language Learners

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


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housebroken

adjective house·bro·ken \ -ˌbrō-kən \

medical Definition of housebroken

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


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