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

Latitude Med Center has a washing station with a full bathtub, shampoo, and a dryer, while downtown’s Parc at Midtown has a 5,000-square-foot park with pathways and benches for walking and potty breaks. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: High-rises offer array of on-site services," 9 June 2019 Police said Simms filled the bucket with waste from a port-a-potty. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man dumped human waste inside 7-Eleven in revenge act, police say," 3 Aug. 2018 But that just doesn’t work for everyone, so the Beartooth van includes a porta-potty in a custom moveable box. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van fits all the essentials in 112 square feet," 16 Oct. 2018 First, the pro-bathroom camp will fight to the death for their potties. Megan Barber, Curbed, "RV toilets: 5 alternatives to a full bathroom in your camper," 9 Nov. 2018 Here are six things your kid should know before entering preschool, according to Parents, Livestrong and Romper: How to use the pottyThis one is pretty obvious. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "6 things your child should know before entering preschool," 29 June 2018 The poo jogger's potty breaks reeked of premeditation: Right next to his droppings, the poo jogger frequently left used toilet paper. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A corporate executive led a secret double life — as Australia’s ‘poo jogger’," 7 June 2018 Let’s look at some potty-training hints from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.org). Houston Chronicle, "Not the place to go!," 25 May 2018 Chris Pratt does some aerial ballet, Dave Bautista lets his potty mouth loose and no one can stop laughing in this gag reel. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "From The Office to The Avengers: 17 Hilarious Blooper Reels You'll Want to Watch Again and Again," 3 July 2018

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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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