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pot·​ty ˈpä-tē How to pronounce potty (audio)
pottier; pottiest
British : trivial, insignificant
chiefly British : slightly crazy


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

Example Sentences

Adjective I think he's gone a little potty. All this noise is driving me potty! She's just potty about this new dance class. Noun the little girl announced loudly that she needed to go to the potty
Recent Examples on the Web
Then, an unidentified man was seen exiting a port-a-potty and rushing toward her. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023 The driver gets out and uses a port-a-potty located outside the home. Bill Rankin, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 According to the Chestnut Street port-a-potty’s log, it had only been cleaned twice in the last two weeks. Dallas News, 16 July 2022 There are schools and camps that require a child to be potty-trained before enrolling. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2022 And there’s always the risk of an unexpected potty break. Collin Robisheaux, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Nov. 2022 There’s a bus, a road-and-rail truck, a port-a-potty, four pieces of track and six mini figures. Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 Another small fire was started in a nearby porta-potty at the park, police said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 Whether your dog is an avid puddle-jumper or dreads going potty in the rain, weather-appropriate attire is a game changer. Lindsay Pevny, Popular Mechanics, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



probably from pot entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of potty was circa 1860

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“Potty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potty. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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