Main definitions of potty in English

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potty1

noun

  • 1A bowl used by small children as a toilet.

    • ‘All types of accommodation are equipped with cots, high chairs and potties.’
    • ‘They were also having to use potties in front of each other, a situation found in some other prisons, and which we branded disgraceful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It made it easier for him to get used to 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!’.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘A three year old is verbal enough to argue and negotiate with parents about why she doesn't want use the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could have been nursing, or have just carried water in, or been encouraging Corina, age two, to use the potty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are not just simple kids' potties but musical ones and disposable potties too.’
    • ‘I get the potty for Eldest Son, Harry, who is quite competent at being out of diapers, and who clearly knows his own mind.’
    • ‘Keep her on the potty for only a few minutes at a time.’
    1. 1.1US informal A toilet.
      • ‘At the U.S. Open in 2002, Woods got his loudest ovation when he visited a portable potty.’
      • ‘I sat down at the table and grabbed the picture book to look at myself sitting on a potty.’
      • ‘They danced for awhile, (rather freaked with each other), and then Joel whispered quietly, ‘I've got to go use the potty.’’
      • ‘Then he sat naked on his potty and phoned his stockbroker.’
      • ‘The ad features a series of shots of a young boy, beginning with him standing naked urinating into a potty and later eyeing a woman in a short skirt.’

Pronunciation:

potty

/ˈpädē/

Main definitions of potty in English

: potty1potty2

potty2

adjective

British
informal
  • 1Foolish; crazy.

    ‘he felt she really had gone potty’
    • ‘‘Such high handed and potty political correctness is a shabby way to treat a popular hero,’ said the newspaper.’
    • ‘Frank is on the carpet for charging £300 on his expenses for a kilt jacket and the hacks have gone potty.’
    • ‘He looked at me afterwards as if I had gone potty!’
    • ‘They, unlike ministers, have earned the right to be a bit potty, even senile.’
    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.
      ‘I'm potty about my two sons’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
  • 2[attributive] Insignificant or feeble.

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

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

potty

/ˈpädē/