backhouse

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From back and back- +‎ house.

Noun[edit]

backhouse (plural backhouses)

  1. (now dialect) An outbuilding behind the main building.
    • 1557, Edinburgh Burgh Records, Vol. III, p. 17:
      ...to abstene... fra all melting... of talloun within thair bak hous...
  2. (US and Canada, euphemistic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
    • 1847, Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language:
      BACK'HOUSE... a necessary.
    • 1939, Christopher Morley, Kitty Foyle, Ch. ii, p. 23:
      ...the chlorides Mother was always throwing into the little outdoor backhouse...

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References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary. "back-house, n."