[ hous-breyk ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌbreɪk /

verb (used with object), house·broke, house·bro·ken, house·break·ing.

to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.

Nearby words

  1. house-trained,
  2. house-warming,
  3. houseboat,
  4. housebound,
  5. houseboy,
  6. housebreaker,
  7. housebreaking,
  8. housebroken,
  9. housecarl,
  10. housecat

Origin of housebreak

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + break Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for housebreak



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