housebroken

[hous-broh-kuh n]

Origin of housebroken

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + broken

housebreak

[hous-breyk]
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.

Origin of housebreak

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + break
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house-broken

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

housebreak

v.

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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