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[out-hous] /ˈaʊtˌhaʊs/
noun, plural outhouses
[out-hou-ziz] /ˈaʊtˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
an outbuilding with one or more seats and a pit serving as a toilet; privy.
any outbuilding.
Origin of outhouse
1525-35; out- + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for outhouse
  • Shared facilities include an outhouse type toilet and a bucket shower.
  • The outhouse, or privy, was the outdoor toilet as indoor plumbing was not feasible.
  • There is an outhouse, but you should bring your own toilet paper.
  • Keeping the telephone in an unheated shanty in a field, or even an outhouse, was keeping the phone in its proper place.
  • The only facility the soviet had was an outhouse, and the pensioner was its attendant.
  • Notice the two outhouse towers constructed for the royal party's convenience.
  • The outhouse in the barn has one double-occupancy stall.
  • Recently you've been tanning animal hides and now you're building your own outhouse.
  • Each site features a covered picnic table, a fire ring and an outhouse.
  • The campground has vault outhouse toilets, but no showering facilities.
British Dictionary definitions for outhouse


a building near to, but separate from, a main building; outbuilding
(US) an outside lavatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outhouse

early 14c., "shed, outbuilding," from out + house (n.). Sense of "a privy" (principally American English) is first attested 1819.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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