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[bak-hous] /ˈbækˌhaʊs/
noun, plural backhouses
[bak-hou-ziz] /ˈbækˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building behind the main building, often serving a subsidiary purpose.
a privy; outhouse.
Origin of backhouse
First recorded in 1550-60; back1 + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is said by backhouse, that his parties killed thirty, and captured five.

  • Broadfoot, backhouse, and Fenwick rallied and reanimated them.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • "My friend Mr. backhouse," said Lowndes, introducing the red-nosed man.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • backhouse limped out, shutting the door, and they were alone.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • I'm sorry to trouble you, Mr. backhouse, but can you tell me where I can find him?

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • It was afterwards independently discovered by backhouse, and Barnard.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • He said somebody was coming; and the somebody was backhouse, the traveling merchant.

  • "Anyone who wants to may approach the couch," said backhouse with difficulty.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • One for Mr. backhouse, one for Mrs. backhouse, and one for Becky.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • “Well, you must ask Mrs. backhouse yourselves,” said Mrs. Norton.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for backhouse


(Canadian) another word for outhouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for backhouse



An outdoor toilet house without plumbing; outhouse; fireless cooker, privy (mid-1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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