khazi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Italian casa (house), via 1870s Cockney word carsey,[1] and possibly via Polari and Sabir[2]

Or a contraction of "Gazebo"

Possibly from an African language (Zulu or Swahili are often cited) word "M'khazi" meaning a latrine.

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

khazi (plural khazis)

  1. (UK, slang) A toilet.

Usage notes[edit]

Particularly used in "down the khazi".

Khazi is now most commonly used in Liverpool, away from its cockney slang roots.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A dictionary of slang and unconventional English, by Eric Partridge et. al., 8th edition, 2002, p. 185
  2. ^ Alan D. Corré, "Polari Words from Lingua Franca" in: A Glossary of Lingua Franca, 5th Edition, 2005
  3. ^ "Why Do We Say?" (1987) by Nigel Rees