pot|ty1 [ˈpɔti US ˈpa:ti] adj BrE informal
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: Origin unknown]
1.) crazy or silly
What a potty idea!
You must be potty!
2.) drive sb potty
if something or someone is driving you potty, they are annoying you, especially if they are making it difficult for you to continue what you are doing
3.) be potty about sb/sth
to like someone very much, or be very interested in something
She's potty about riding.
>pottiness n [U]
potty 2
potty2 plural potties
[Date: 1900-2000; Origin: pot]
1.) a container used by very young children as a toilet
2.) go potty
AmE to use the toilet - used by young children or when speaking to them
Do you need to go potty?
3.) potty mouth
AmE spoken someone who has or is a potty mouth uses offensive words
4.) potty break
AmE informal a time when you stop what you are doing, especially when driving a car, so that you can use the toilet - used humorously

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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