pot·​ty | \ˈpä-tē \
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

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 Braun Strowman’s nonstop antics of flipping cars and spearing port-a-potties has run its course. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: AXS TV’s Mark Cuban Hopes for More Live NJPW Specials," 5 July 2018 And once again, there will be a row of porta-potties on the premises. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "Trillium’s beer garden is returning to Boston’s Greenway this May," 30 Apr. 2018 Child care is provided for children 3 and older who are potty-trained. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County School News, March 29," 29 Mar. 2018 The truth is, all babies do is eat, sleep, potty, REPEAT for weeks. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Opens About Breastfeeding and Formula-Feeding," 7 June 2018 Massachusetts Street, the famous part of downtown Lawrence where fans revel in happiness after historic wins, was prepared well in advance for a party, with traffic blocked off and blue and red portable potties standing at the ready. Hunter Woodall And David Frese, kansascity, "In Lawrence, 'next year' is fans' anthem after Jayhawks get pummeled in Final Four | The Kansas City Star," 31 Mar. 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)

: 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 potty : the toilet or bathroom

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noxious or harmful

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