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Etymology 1[edit]

From pot (chamberpot) +‎ -y (diminutive suffix).


potty (plural potties)

  1. A chamber pot used by young children while learning control of their bladder and bowels.
    • 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.
  2. (childish) A toilet bowl. Can be used as essentially a synonym of toilet or bathroom in some phrases, e.g. potty parity, porta-potty, potty humor.


potty (third-person singular simple present potties, present participle pottying, simple past and past participle pottied)

  1. (intransitive, childish) Variant of go potty.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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potty (comparative pottier, superlative pottiest)

  1. (informal) Insane.
    The noise that the neighbour's kids were making was driving Fred potty.
  2. (dated) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • Rudyard Kipling
      "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.