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housebroken

[hous-broh-kuh n]
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adjective
  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

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.
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Origin of housebreak

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + break
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Examples from the Web for housebroken

Historical Examples

  • He would consider himself hell on the women until snared and housebroken by some broad-beamed breeder who knew what she wanted.

    The Trial of Callista Blake

    Edgar Pangborn

  • 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

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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