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dunny

[duhn-ee] /ˈdʌn i/
noun, plural dunnies. Australian Slang.
1.
an outside privy; outhouse.
Origin of dunny
1780-1790
1780-90; shortening of earlier dial. and criminal argot dunnekin outhouse, of obscure origin
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  • Yes; there they were, chatting with dunny, who had hurried to meet them.

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  • dunny lowered his accusing finger and tapped it on the cloth.

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  • dunny was right, however; the conversation had exhausted me.

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  • In the rude language of the place she tells me that there is “Krabss al ad an dunny.”

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  • "You don't really mean that, dunny," I said firmly, continuing my dinner.

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  • The duke and duchess were at the chateau talking with the blesses; for the second time dunny had tactfully disappeared.

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  • Or should I throw all reason overboard and post off on—what was it dunny had called my mission—a wild-goose chase?

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  • "Oh, I'll win all right," said Mrs. dunny, smiling around at the audience.

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  • Mrs. dunny set the paper bag down on the floor and dug down into her pocketbook.

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  • Mrs. dunny was walking towards the lobby with an old paper shopping bag under her arm.

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British Dictionary definitions for dunny

dunny

/ˈdʌnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
(Scot, dialect) a cellar or basement
2.
(dialect) another word for dunnakin
3.
(Austral & NZ, informal)
  1. an outside lavatory
  2. (as modifier): a dunny roll, a dunny seat
Word Origin
C20: of obscure origin; but see dunnakin
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