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A Norman surname of Old French origin, from a place name Quincy or Quincey in France, ultimately from Latin Quintus (fifth [born]).

Use in reference to toilets derives from President John Quincy Adams, who was the first to have one installed at the White House.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.
  2. An American male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name.
  4. Any of a number of places in the US named after people with the surname, including:
    1. a CDP in California, and the county seat of Plumas County. Originally named Quinsy.
    2. a city in Florida, and the county seat of Gadsden County.
    3. a city in Illinois, and the county seat of Adams County.


Quincy (usually uncountable, plural Quincies)

  1. A kind of dry white wine made from Sauvignon blanc grapes grown near Quincy in the Loire valley.
  2. (US, euphemistic slang, obsolete) A toilet: a fixture for urination and defecation, particularly (humorous) as a personification of the device.
    I'll be right back. I need to go visit Quincy.