- an outdoor privy; outhouse.
- a toilet or bedpan.
Origin of jakes
- John,born 1932, U.S. novelist.
- a homemade or bootleg liquor made from or infused with Jamaica ginger, especially during Prohibition in the U.S.
- Also called jake leg, jake-leg paralysis. paralysis caused by drinking this or other liquor made with denatured alcohol.
Origin of jake2
- a male given name, form of Jacob.
Examples from the Web for jakes
Jakes is not alone in believing that your family must stay your family no matter how hurtful or dysfunctional they may be.Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?
January 2, 2014
Jakes says he believes in the axiom that the act of forgiveness is not really a gift to others as much as it is a gift to oneself.
Jakes has spoken about the issue so much that he decided a full-length book on the art of forgiveness was required.
Jakes says he shared a short but unique bond with Houston that developed on the set of Sparkle late last year.
"I've made a few good friends over the years," says Jakes with a laugh on the phone from his Texas home.Inside Jumping the Broom's Surprise Success
May 12, 2011
Nice lot of Hungry Jakes to feed with int'rest-bearin' securities!Torchy
He was dead and cold, Jakes, and you may as well know it fust as last.Rosin the Beau
Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
To Jakes adoring eyes it was as the halo about the head of a patron saint.Deering of Deal
But among them was not Mr. Jakes, though he needed a stimulus as much as any.
"He knows a bit better than that," replied Jakes, smiling with dark significance.
- an archaic slang word for lavatory
- Southwest English dialect human excrement
- satisfactory; all right
- she's jake everything is under control
Word Origin and History for jakes
"a privy," mid-15c., genitive singular of jack (n.).
colloquial or familiar abbreviation of the masc. proper name Jacob (q.v.). As the typical name of a rustic lout, from 1854. (Jakey still is the typical name for "an Amishman" among the non-Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch country). Slang meaning "excellent, fine" is from 1914, American English, of unknown origin.