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[bak-hous] /ˈbækˌhaʊs/
noun, plural backhouses
[bak-hou-ziz] /ˈbækˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building behind the main building, often serving a subsidiary purpose.
a privy; outhouse.
Origin of backhouse
1550-60; back1 + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Woldest thou not driue them in to the contrey, & put the one to the backhouse, the other to the plowe.

    The Education of Children Desiderius Erasmus
  • Broadfoot, backhouse, and Fenwick rallied and reanimated them.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • “Better let me carry her up now without moving her,” said Mr. Norton, as Mrs. backhouse tried to take the little bundle from him.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It is said by backhouse, that his parties killed thirty, and captured five.

  • Then Mrs. backhouse put Milly at one end of the table, while she began to pour out tea at the other, and the feast began.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "My friend Mr. backhouse," said Lowndes, introducing the red-nosed man.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • backhouse replied that he was ignorant of the Spaniardsʼ statutes or laws, but that he knew the Governor was the Archbishop.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • I'm sorry to trouble you, Mr. backhouse, but can you tell me where I can find him?

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • So on they went again, Mr. Norton still carrying Becky, and Mr. backhouse helping his wife along.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It was afterwards independently discovered by backhouse, and Barnard.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
British Dictionary definitions for backhouse


(Canadian) another word for outhouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for backhouse



An outdoor toilet house without plumbing; outhouse; fireless cooker, privy (mid-1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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