[ 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

Definition for housebroken (2 of 2)

[ 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.

Origin of housebreak

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

Examples from the Web for housebroken

  • 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
  • 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