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[hous-broh-kuh n] /ˈhaʊsˌbroʊ kən/
(of a pet) trained to avoid excreting inside the house or in improper places.
Origin of housebroken
First recorded in 1895-1900; house + broken


[hous-breyk] /ˈhaʊsˌbreɪk/
verb (used with object), housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking.
to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.
First recorded in 1895-1900; house + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He would consider himself hell on the women until snared and housebroken by some broad-beamed breeder who knew what she wanted.

  • Of course, it'll be harder gettin' 'em housebroken if you don't let 'em into the house, but I'll guarantee you'll do it.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • This is a quickie Rum Tum Tiddy, without any onion, a poor, housebroken version of the original.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
Word Origin and History for housebroken



1820, "to break into a house criminally;" see house (n.) + break (v.). Perhaps a back-formation from housebreaker, attested from mid-14c. Sense of "to train a domestic animal to be clean in the house" is from 1881. Related: Housebreaking; housebroken.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for housebroken



To be generally observant of the amenities; tame

[1932+; fr the condition of a pet who will soil the house with excreta]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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