the call of nature

noun phrase

Definition of the call of nature

humorous
: the need to use a toilet He had to leave suddenly to answer/obey the call of nature.

Learn More About the call of nature

Dictionary Entries Near the call of nature

theca

the call of nature

the calm/lull before the storm

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for the call of nature

Cite this Entry

“The call of nature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20call%20of%20nature. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!