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

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of potty in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sauder said Bean’s Cafe had nothing to do with the portable toilets, as they are run under a different contract with the port-a-potty company. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 The brew of exotics has unleashed noxious algae outbreaks that smother beaches in foot-deep goo that looks like creamed spinach and smells like the bowels of a porta potty. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 It’s in keeping with the Invite’s tradition of mixing the haughty and the potty. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 The cost is $25 for one, and $40 for two -- that’s parents, not numbers one and two as in going potty. cleveland, 9 July 2021 Joan has helped hundreds of parents help their children master the use of the potty. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2021 This also meant that Kyle’s family hightailed it to the desert, and Dorit had to stay away from her kids and was probably glad to escape the greasy spring-roll fingers of her husband PK, a Kangol hat someone fished out of a porta-potty. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 19 July 2021 Standing in front of the port-a-potty, Balone points to Woudenberg. Lori Teresa Yearwood, Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Dropping a company Blackberry into a porta potty in Torino. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021

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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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“Potty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potty. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of potty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: crazy
: 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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