outhouse
noun Date: 14th century outbuilding; especially privy 1a

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • outhouse — out house , n. 1. A small house or building at a little distance from the main house; an outbuilding. [1913 Webster] 2. Especially: A small building with one or more seats and a pit underneath, intended for use as a toilet; a privy. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outhouse — (n.) 1530s, shed, outbuilding, from OUT (Cf. out) + HOUSE (Cf. house) (n.). Sense of a privy (principally American English) is first attested 1819 …   Etymology dictionary

  • outhouse — [n] toilet bathroom, latrine, lavatory, outbuilding, privy, washroom, water closet, WC; concept 448 …   New thesaurus

  • outhouse — ► NOUN ▪ a smaller building built on to or in the grounds of a house …   English terms dictionary

  • outhouse — [out′hous΄] n. 1. a building separate from but located near a main building or dwelling ☆ 2. a small structure used for defecating or urinating, typically having a seat with a hole over a deep pit …   English World dictionary

  • Outhouse — This article is about a type of building or structure used primarily as a toilet . For other uses, see Outhouse (disambiguation). An outhouse at Goat Peak, 6,305 ft (1,922 m) above sea level An outhouse is a small structure separate from a main… …   Wikipedia

  • outhouse — [[t]a͟ʊthaʊs[/t]] outhouses 1) N COUNT An outhouse is a small building attached to a house or very close to the house, used, for example, for storing things in. 2) N COUNT An outhouse is an outside toilet. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • outhouse — UK [ˈaʊtˌhaʊs] / US noun [countable] Word forms outhouse : singular outhouse plural outhouses UK [ˈaʊtˌhaʊzɪz] / US [ˈaʊtˌhaʊzəz] 1) a building near to a house or joined on to it, used for storing things, keeping animals etc 2) mainly American an …   English dictionary

  • outhouse —    a lavatory    In a courtyard or down the garden, away from the dwelling house. It was the place you visited if you said you were going out the back:     [He made] a gentlemanly statement of his wish to use the outhouse. (Keneally, 1979) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • outhouse — /owt hows /, n., pl. outhouses / how ziz/. 1. an outbuilding with one or more seats and a pit serving as a toilet; privy. 2. any outbuilding. [1525 35; OUT + HOUSE] * * * …   Universalium

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