pot·​ty | \ ˈpä-tē How to pronounce potty (audio) \
pottier; pottiest

Definition of potty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : trivial, insignificant
2 chiefly British : slightly crazy
3 : snobbish


plural potties

Definition of potty (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small child's pot for urination or defecation also : potty-chair

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Synonyms for potty

Synonyms: Adjective

aristocratic, elitist, high-hat, persnickety, ritzy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, toffee-nosed [chiefly British]

Synonyms: Noun

bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], restroom, toilet, washroom, water closet

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Examples of potty in a Sentence


I think he's gone a little potty. All this noise is driving me potty! She's just potty about this new dance class.


the little girl announced loudly that she needed to go to the potty
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Life hacks like using your washer as a cooler and building an indoor dog potty can help people weather the hurricane season. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The hurricane season has been rather quiet so far. Will it last?," 13 Sep. 2018 The beach at Magnuson Park is closed through at least Saturday after a port-a-potty was pushed into the water, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Magnuson Park beach closed after port-a-potty pushed into water," 16 Aug. 2019 Port-a-potties were at the camp and were cleaned twice daily, trash was changed out several times a day, and there was even recycling, organizers told KHON. Polo Sandoval, CNN, "'This is our last stand.' Protesters on Mauna Kea dig in their heels," 21 July 2019 Dental products, board games, baseball caps, cans of soup, PEZ dispensers, magazines, unique artwork and potty-training aides — these are items that shoppers may find at any general retailer. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "‘It’s more like a treasure hunt now’: Actor Rodger Bumpass has amassed 20 years of ‘SpongeBob’ memorabilia," 9 July 2019 There were seven port-potties outside and military-style showers. Fox News, "At Texas Border Patrol facility under fire, agents say they are doing the best they can with 'what we've got'," 27 June 2019 Now that her cancer is back, Weller is potty-training instead of blogging. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Warrior moms will help the Alaska Run for Women continue the fight against breast cancer," 8 June 2018 In the United States, women's labor needs may also dictate potty-training schedules, albeit with a later timeline. Alma Gottlieb, Washington Post, "Toilet training at 2 is normal in U.S. but very late in China and other countries," 15 Jan. 2018 To urinate, astronauts pee in a vacuum funnel in a high-tech porta potty. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of potty


circa 1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potty


probably from pot entry 1

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The first known use of potty was circa 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of potty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British, informal
: very interested in or excited about someone or something



English Language Learners Definition of potty (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pot that children use as a toilet until they are big enough to use a toilet
: the toilet or bathroom

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to spread over or through

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