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adjective, pot·ti·er, pot·ti·est.
  1. Chiefly British Informal. slightly insane; eccentric.
  2. British. paltry; trifling; petty.
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Origin of potty1

First recorded in 1855–60; pot1 + -y1


noun, plural pot·ties.
  1. a seat of reduced size fitting over a toilet seat, for use by a small child.
  2. a small metal pot fitting under a potty-chair.
  3. Baby Talk. a toilet.
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Origin of potty2

First recorded in 1840–50; pot1 + -y2
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Related Words

crazy, eccentric, nuts, wacky, kooky, mad, batty, foolish, absurd, insane, nutty, silly, latrine, outhouse, lavatory, restroom, pot, screwball, lunatic, cuckoo

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adjective -tier or -tiest British informal
  1. foolish or slightly crazy
  2. trivial or insignificant
  3. (foll by about or on) very keen (about)
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Derived Formspottiness, noun

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from pot 1


noun plural -ties
  1. a child's word for chamber pot
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Word Origin and History for potty


"crazy, silly," 1916, slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to potter (v.). Earlier slang senses were "easy to manage" (1899) and "feeble, petty" (1860).

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1942, child's word for "chamber pot," from pot (n.1). Potty-training is attested from 1958. Potty-mouth "one who uses obscene language" is student slang from 1968.

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