See also: pötty
From pot (“chamberpot”) + -y (“diminutive suffix”).
potty (plural potties)
- (diminutive) A chamber pot, particularly (children) the pot used when toilet-training children.
- 1940, William Carlos Williams, In the Money:
- If you just let him know you want him to go on the potty, or anything, he's miles away.
- 1949, Edith Buxbaum, Your Child Makes Sense: A Guidebook for Parents:
- Mothers very often make the baby and themselves unhappy by setting the child on the potty every hour.
- (diminutive) Any other device or place for urination or defecation: a toilet; a lavatory; a latrine; an outhouse.
- (chamber pot): See Thesaurus:chamber pot
- (other places for urination and defecation): See Thesaurus:toilet and Thesaurus:bathroom
chamber pot — see chamber pot
toilet — see toilet
bathroom — see bathroom
latrine — see latrine
outhouse — see outhouse
potty (third-person singular simple present potties, present participle pottying, simple past and past participle pottied)
- (intransitive, childish) Synonym of go potty
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potty (comparative pottier, superlative pottiest)
- (informal) Insane.
- The noise that the neighbour's kids were making was driving Fred potty.
- (golf) Easy to pot the ball on.
- 1890, Golf...: A Weekly Record of "ye Royal and Auncient" Game:
- The Eastbourne Green is by no means a " potty " one, and happily belies its appearance.
- 1909, Rudyard Kipling, The House Surgeon
- "A potty little nine-hole affair at a hydro in the Midlands. My cousins stay there. Always will. Not but what the fourth and the seventh holes take some doing. You could manage it, though," he said encouragingly.
- See also Thesaurus:insane
insane — see insane