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[hous-broh-kuh n]
  1. (of a pet) trained to avoid excreting inside the house or in improper places.
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Origin of housebroken

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + broken


verb (used with object), house·broke, house·bro·ken, house·break·ing.
  1. to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.
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Origin of housebreak

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + break
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Historical Examples

  • They are not house-broken to their new capital, that is all, and that will come in time.

    Germany and the Germans

    Price Collier

  • About the same time, A advertises that he'll trade one house-broken concertina for a nice overcoat.

British Dictionary definitions for house-broken


  1. another word for house-trainedSee house-trained
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Word Origin and History for house-broken



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.

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