1. usu. of a plan or scheme, dubious, indifferent.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 193: Potty indifferent, bad looking.|
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2. insignificant, feeble.
|Birmingham Gaz. 21 Apr. 4/5: I say, portah! [...] this is a bit thick, you know, what! I suppose this potty little train of yours has started, eh?|
|DSUE (8th edn) 916/2: from 1870.|
3. easy to manage, simple.
|Right Ho, Jeeves 165: I can’t imagine why I made all that fuss about a potty job like distributing prizes at a rotten little country grammar school.|
4. crazy, eccentric; thus potty about, madly in love with, obsessed by.
|Mop Fair 50: A well-known ’Arley Street medical man [...] who is at present immured in a private ’ome for the potty.|
|Magnet Library 25 Sept. 2: ‘Potty!’ murmured Nugent. ‘Mad as an esteemed hatter!’ said Hurree Singh.|
|Gippsland Times (Vic.) 2 Nov. 5/2: A tabbie wot wud pull yew on / Wud wanter be well potty, / Or else she’d be wot they call gone, / A shingle short, or dotty.|
|Final Count 859: Fair potty about me was Aunt Amelia.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 85: Girls go potty over a public man.|
|Murder in the Mews (1954) 25: Potty [...] Absolutely potty.|
|in Mass-Observation War Factory: Report 11: [He] just sits and watches me while I eat my dinner and then watches what I do next, if I’m knitting or sewing or what it is. It’s enough to drive you potty.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 59: If you play your cards properly you might even be able to land old McFarland . . . It’s obvious he’s potty about you.|
|All Night Stand 198: But Iceland, I thought, that’s potty.|
|Till Death Us Do Part [TV script] Yes – you’re mad – you’re bloody potty!‘If We Want a Proper Democracy’|
|Beano Comic Library No. 176 25: Our robot’s going all potty.|
|Déjàvu Act I: J.P.’s fairly potty at present.|
|Observer Mag. 9 Apr. 23: I’m potty about gardening.|
5. (Aus.) drunk.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Nov. 11/1: Haven’t you in your time / Seen some wild soul advance, / Noisy, hilarious, / Palpably ‘in a trance’ / And likewise ‘paralyt- / Ic,’ ‘potty,’ ‘on his ear,’ / ‘Full,’ ‘sozzled,’ ‘bosky,’ ‘tanked,’ / ‘Boozed,’ ‘hitting up a tear’?|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 117: A potty conductor asked me for a clear track to Omaha.|
a lunatic asylum.
|(con. 1900–30) East End Und. 283: Potty house – Madhouse.in Samuel|