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


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 True to form, Amazon is also stocked with baby changing essentials, from a convenient baby-wipe holder and odor-locking diaper pail for Mom and Dad, and a training and transition potty for growing toddlers. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "The 16 Best Amazon Prime Day Baby Deals of 2020," 13 Oct. 2020 The new zero-gravity toilet is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the potty currently in use in the U.S. segment of the space station. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA making 2nd attempt to launch $23 million female-friendly toilet to International Space Station," 2 Oct. 2020 The panel took a lighter note when Rosie spoke about how potty-training her son during the peak of the pandemic turned out to be fairly manageable — a nice parenting win in these chaotic times! Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Good Housekeeping's 2020 We Are Family Parenting Summit," 25 Sep. 2020 Finding a nearby public restroom or porta-potty is a wise step to take even if your lodging facility has bathrooms that are acceptable to you. Washington Post, "Camping or hosteling during the pandemic? Here’s how to scout out your best bathroom options.," 24 Sep. 2020 Forget about sitting him on a potty or getting him anywhere near it. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 16 Sep. 2020 This spring, the bell tolled for the porta-potty industry. David Gauvey Herbert, The New Yorker, "COVID Silver Lining: The Porta-Potty Boom," 7 Sep. 2020 Somebody stole a very pricey potty last year from the restroom of a palace in England. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Why do humans turn to gold in times of crisis? It's just metal," 28 Aug. 2020 His back is as shaky as a porta-potty in a hurricane. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Tiger, Tiger, burning out? Woods is scuffling at the PGA Championship," 7 Aug. 2020

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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 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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