Main definitions of potty in English

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potty1

noun

  • A bowl used by small children as a toilet.

    • ‘They were so excited about it, they sent out a three-page press release with the history of the unfortunate drinking vessel, claiming it may once have doubled as a potty.’
    • ‘In another a pregnant wife throws a huge tantrum when her husband fails to entertain her by putting a potty on his head while she suffers labour contractions.’
    • ‘Keep her on the potty for only a few minutes at a time.’
    • ‘All types of accommodation are equipped with cots, high chairs and potties.’
    • ‘What with the lack of potties, pram, and Moses basket our home feels positively spacious so I'm keen to carry that through and have a good tidy and sort out.’
    • ‘I get the potty for Eldest Son, Harry, who is quite competent at being out of diapers, and who clearly knows his own mind.’
    • ‘Leave a light on, or plug a night-light in so it's easy for them to get to the toilet during the night, or put a potty in the bedroom (with an old towel underneath it).’
    • ‘If your child is accustomed to seeing parents or older siblings use the toilet they may prefer to use the ‘big’ toilet with a child's seat instead of a potty.’
    • ‘They were also having to use potties in front of each other, a situation found in some other prisons, and which we branded disgraceful.’
    • ‘It made it easier for him to get used to the potty.’
    • ‘I could have been nursing, or have just carried water in, or been encouraging Corina, age two, to use the potty.’
    • ‘Many clever devices are available to help anxious mothers and encourage the babies, including a musical potty, marketed with the slogan ‘Make toilet-training fast, easy, and fun!’.’
    • ‘The little potty has a little bowl that slides out so that you can easily dump it in the toilet and flush away your problems.’
    • ‘A three year old is verbal enough to argue and negotiate with parents about why she doesn't want use the potty.’
    • ‘There are not just simple kids' potties but musical ones and disposable potties too.’
    • ‘On average, most children begin learning to use a potty by around their second birthday, but as with everything in children's development, each child is different.’

Pronunciation

potty

/ˈpɒti/

Main definitions of potty in English

: potty1potty2

potty2

adjective

British
informal
  • 1Mad; crazy:

    ‘he's driving me potty’
    • ‘P.S. As you can probably tell, spending all day editing sends you a little potty.’
    • ‘He's been on the phone every half-hour to me and is driving his private office potty.’
    • ‘However, what is even more worrying to me is the small lines companies out there doing all sorts of potty things with their money, because they cannot buy or invest in a local generation scheme.’
    • ‘At the risk of sounding like a potty lifestyle guru, we need a more holistic approach to teenagers.’
    • ‘Whether you view this as profound, pretentious, or just plain potty, the results have always drawn a crowd.’
    • ‘There are over 100 from past couple of years ranging from the unmemorable to the potty.’
    • ‘With such a ludicrous and potty law sailing through the European Parliament, it's more than ironic that such moves have been supported by politicians from the UK.’
    • ‘I've noticed that most owners of bicycle stores are a bit potty.’
    • ‘The theme of the party, our slightly potty human resources manager had decided, would be Hawaiian Tropical Christmas.’
    • ‘It is weird how music labelling and genres have gone totally potty these days.’
    • ‘They make great friends, but they're all generally a bit potty.’
    • ‘You may think it sounds ridiculous and that I'm absolutely potty.’
    • ‘Isaac Newton got so obsessive he went a bit potty.’
    • ‘Then I thought what if all the potty buskers and freaky street celebrities you see around town were not mad?’
    • ‘If you looked at all the things that could possibly go wrong, you'd go potty.’
    • ‘She is still going potty about her Petunias.’
    • ‘He had plans to watch every single game and knew his girlfriend would go potty if he was in front of the TV constantly.’
    • ‘He was a bit of a potty professor, but he had some brilliant ideas.’
    • ‘The idea that there should be a rates levy to ensure all homes are insured is potty, but it does highlight a major issue in our society - less-than-adequate insurance cover.’
    • ‘He's gone completely potty about getting singled out.’
    • ‘Gary, 33, from Sussex, said: ‘He just went potty, got right in my face and challenged us to take him on two to one and prove we were manly.’
    • ‘Every editor, when they first start, goes a bit potty.’
    mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind
    infatuated with, very keen on, devoted to, in love with, smitten with, enamoured of, addicted to
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    1. 1.1[predicative] Extremely enthusiastic about or fond of someone or something:
      ‘she's potty about you’
      • ‘She's potty about her work with pets and longs to fill her home with four-legged friends.’
      • ‘Of course they're potty about cooking, how else would they have got that far?’
      • ‘She's also a qualified trampoline coach, a former bank manager - and she's potty about country music!’
      • ‘He has been potty about planes for as long as his parents can remember and continues to reach new levels in his love of all things flying.’
  • 2[attributive] Insignificant or feeble:

    ‘a potty little place’
    • ‘But you've still got to climb a lot of stairs or go into a potty little lift and find your way around.’
    • ‘It must have something enormously significant living, but we have reduced it to such a potty little affair’
    • ‘Why couldn't be have gotten that potty little man we usually had as a substitute?’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

potty

/ˈpɒti/