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Variant of carsey, from euphemistic Cockney corruption of Italian casa ‎(house),[1][2] possibly via Polari and Sabir [Term?].[3]

Alternative source: Cockney and/or British Military usage derived from Army experience of dysentery during World War 2 in Libya - Kharzi rhyming with Benghazi.



khazi ‎(plural khazis)

  1. (slang, now chiefly Britain regional) An outhouse or lavatory: a place used for urination and defecation.
    • 1961, Eric Partridge, Dictionary of Slang, p. 1029:
      Carsey,... a w.c.
    • 1968, T.E.B. Clarke, Trail of Serpent, Ch. xiii, p. 122:
      You made a real thorough search? Everywhere? Outhouses, karzey, the lot?
  2. (slang, now chiefly Britain regional) A toilet: a fixture used for urination and defecation (also figuratively).
    Well, that plan's down the khazi.
    • 1967, J. Burke, Till Death Us Do Part, Ch. v, p. 84:
      Have you seen the carsy? Just a bucket with a seat on top.

Usage notes[edit]

Now most commonly used in Liverpool, away from its Cockney origin.[4]


Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Partridge, Eric. A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 8th ed., p. 185.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "karzy, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1976.
  3. ^ Corré, Alan D. "Polari Words from Lingua Franca" in A Glossary of Lingua Franca, 5th ed. 2005.
  4. ^ "Why Do We Say?" (1987) by Nigel Rees