Main definitions of potty in English

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potty1

noun

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

    • ‘I get the potty for Eldest Son, Harry, who is quite competent at being out of diapers, and who clearly knows his own mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are not just simple kids' potties but musical ones and disposable potties too.’
    • ‘A three year old is verbal enough to argue and negotiate with parents about why she doesn't want 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!’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All types of accommodation are equipped with cots, high chairs and potties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1US informal A toilet.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then he sat naked on his potty and phoned his stockbroker.’
      • ‘They danced for awhile, (rather freaked with each other), and then Joel whispered quietly, ‘I've got to go use the potty.’’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

potty

/ˈpädē//ˈpɑdi/

Main definitions of potty in English

: potty1potty2

potty2

adjective

British
informal
  • 1Foolish; crazy.

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

/ˈpɑdi//ˈpädē/