Main definitions of potty in English

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nounPlural potties

  • A bowl used by small children as a toilet.

    • ‘They were also having to use potties in front of each other, a situation found in some other prisons, and which we branded disgraceful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I get the potty for Eldest Son, Harry, who is quite competent at being out of diapers, and who clearly knows his own mind.’
    • ‘All types of accommodation are equipped with cots, high chairs and potties.’
    • ‘Keep her on the potty for only a few minutes at a time.’
    • ‘I could have been nursing, or have just carried water in, or been encouraging Corina, age two, to use the potty.’
    • ‘It made it easier for him to get used to the potty.’

Pronunciation

potty

/ˈpɒti/

Main definitions of potty in English

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potty2

adjectivepottier, pottiest

British
informal
  • 1Mad; crazy.

    ‘he's driving me potty’
    • ‘He's gone completely potty about getting singled out.’
    • ‘She is still going potty about her Petunias.’
    • ‘Whether you view this as profound, pretentious, or just plain potty, the results have always drawn a crowd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They make great friends, but they're all generally a bit potty.’
    • ‘They, unlike ministers, have earned the right to be a bit potty, even senile.’
    • ‘If you looked at all the things that could possibly go wrong, you'd go potty.’
    • ‘Frank is on the carpet for charging £300 on his expenses for a kilt jacket and the hacks have gone potty.’
    • ‘He had plans to watch every single game and knew his girlfriend would go potty if he was in front of the TV constantly.’
    • ‘There are over 100 from past couple of years ranging from the unmemorable to the potty.’
    • ‘At the risk of sounding like a potty lifestyle guru, we need a more holistic approach to teenagers.’
    • ‘He's been on the phone every half-hour to me and is driving his private office potty.’
    • ‘‘Such high handed and potty political correctness is a shabby way to treat a popular hero,’ said the newspaper.’
    • ‘He looked at me afterwards as if I had gone 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may think it sounds ridiculous and that I'm absolutely potty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is weird how music labelling and genres have gone totally potty these days.’
    • ‘The theme of the party, our slightly potty human resources manager had decided, would be Hawaiian Tropical Christmas.’
    • ‘Isaac Newton got so obsessive he went a bit potty.’
    • ‘He was a bit of a potty professor, but he had some brilliant ideas.’
    • ‘Every editor, when they first start, goes a bit potty.’
    • ‘Then I thought what if all the potty buskers and freaky street celebrities you see around town were not mad?’
    • ‘P.S. As you can probably tell, spending all day editing sends you a little potty.’
    • ‘I've noticed that most owners of bicycle stores are 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. 1.1predicative Extremely enthusiastic about or fond of someone or something.
      ‘she's potty about you’
      • ‘She's also a qualified trampoline coach, a former bank manager - and she's potty about country music!’
      • ‘Of course they're potty about cooking, how else would they have got that far?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She's potty about her work with pets and longs to fill her home with four-legged friends.’
  • 2attributive Insignificant or feeble.

    ‘a potty little place’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But you've still got to climb a lot of stairs or go into a potty little lift and find your way around.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

potty

/ˈpɒti/