{{11}}potty (adj.) "crazy, silly," 1920, slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to potter (v.). Earlier slang senses were "easy to manage" (1899) and "feeble, petty" (1860).
{{12}}potty (n.) 1942, child's word for "chamber pot," from POT (Cf. pot) (1). Potty-training is attested from 1958. Potty-mouth "one who uses obscene language" is student slang from 1968.

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