toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Definition of toilet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fixture that consists usually of a water-flushed bowl and seat and is used for defecation and urination
2 : the act or process of dressing and grooming oneself
3 : cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure pulmonary toilet
4 archaic : dressing table

toilet

verb
toileted; toileting; toilets

Definition of toilet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dress and groom oneself
2 : to use the toilet usually used of a child

transitive verb

1 : dress, garb
2 : to help (someone, such as a child or sick person) use the toilet

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Synonyms & Antonyms for toilet

Synonyms: Noun

bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, washroom, water closet

Synonyms: Verb

apparel, array, attire, bedeck, caparison, clothe, costume, deck (out), do up, dress, dress up, enrobe, garb, garment, get up, gown, habit, invest, rig (out), robe, suit, tog (up or out), vesture

Antonyms: Verb

disarray, disrobe, strip, unclothe, undress, untruss [archaic]

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Examples of toilet in a Sentence

Noun

One of the kids needed to use the toilet. a painting of a woman at her toilet

Verb

the princess required at least a dozen maids to toilet her for formal occasions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police have arrested a second suspect in the unusual case involving the theft of a golden toilet from Winston Churchill’s birthplace. Washington Post, "Churchill home: 2nd suspect arrested in golden toilet theft," 18 Sep. 2019 According to Viral Hog, a Lakeside, California pit bull shocked its owners by using a training toilet without any training. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Clever Dog Uses Toddler's Training Toilet Without Any Training," 13 Sep. 2019 The only body of water that interested me was a toilet. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Our vacation was over before it even began," 3 Sep. 2019 Three days later the landlord of a South Norwalk apartment complex called a plumber to clear a clogged toilet. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "State will fight man’s attempt to vacate Darien murder conviction based on faulty forensics by Henry Lee," 26 Aug. 2019 The odds, according to PGA, are better to be struck by lightning or get injured by a toilet than to make an albatross -- the name for both what Hamann achieved and for scoring a 2 on a par 5. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Albatross! Butler grad makes par 4 hole-in-one at Indy golf course," 16 Aug. 2019 If a toilet breaks on the way to Mars, the crew dies. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?," 19 July 2019 The campsite has a fire pit, a grill and an outdoor shower; a chemical toilet is hidden in the woods, but there is no electricity or internet connection. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 In a series of posts on Twitter, Mr. Trump criticized Democrats who this week visited Border Patrol facilities in Texas, and reported that migrants had been forced to drink from a toilet. New York Times, "Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Duties and activities that may be required of the nurses include ventilator care, tracheotomy care and suctioning, medication administration, toileting/diapering and oral feeding. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Harford school board OKs contracts for security cameras on new buses," 25 July 2019 The most popular posts by far have tended to be comical rather than truly spooky; the post with the most impressions is a Polo Ralph Lauren toilet that, so far, has reached 1.5 million people. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 But the clogger had been even busier in past years, Kerlin told the Sheboygan Press — blocking the same public women’s toilet 14 times in 2017, and 12 the year before. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Serial toilet clogger cost city thousands. But a tip just flushed him out, police say," 30 May 2018 But check out one of the bathrooms to see something uncharacteristic of Tudors: A strawberry pink bathtub, sink and toilet. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Oddball or adorable Oregon homes for sale: How pink is your sink?," 18 Mar. 2018 The service can then quickly locate the brand, size and amount of a household good — from shampoo to toilet paper —that the customer previously bought, or make suggestions based on those past purchases. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Walmart products to be available via Google Express," 23 Aug. 2017 Scabies and lice can cling to towels, clothes, and bedding, but not toilet seats. Jenelle Marie Pierce, Allure, "The Truth About Whether You Can Get an STI From a Toilet Seat," 17 Aug. 2017 The technology is available in selected models, but it can also be installed in an existing toilet with Kohler's Touchless toilet flush kit—expected to retail for $100. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Add Touchless Technology To Your Bath Without Replacing Anything," 19 May 2014 Venezuela, for the record, is currently suffering chronic shortages of everything from food to toilet paper, a mass civil insurrection and murderous police brutality. Michael J. Totten, The Atlantic, "Why the Rise of Corbyn's Labour Party Should Worry the West," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of toilet

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for toilet

Noun

French toilette cloth on which items used for grooming are placed, from Middle French, piece of batiste, from diminutive of toile cloth

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14 Oct 2019

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The first known use of toilet was in 1667

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More Definitions for toilet

toilet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toilet

: a large bowl attached to a pipe that is used for getting rid of bodily waste and then flushed with water
old-fashioned : the act or process of washing and dressing yourself

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Kids Definition of toilet

1 : a device for getting rid of body waste that consists usually of a bowl that is flushed with water
2 : bathroom
3 : the act or process of getting dressed and groomed

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Medical Definition of toilet

: cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure a pharyngeal toilet

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