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Etymology 1[edit]

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


potty ‎(plural potties)

  1. (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.
  2. (diminutive) Any other device or place for urination or defecation: a toilet; a lavatory; a latrine; an outhouse.
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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. (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.
    • 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.