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[out-hous] /ˈaʊtˌhaʊs/
noun, plural outhouses
[out-hou-ziz] /ˈaʊtˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
an outbuilding with one or more seats and a pit serving as a toilet; privy.
any outbuilding.
Origin of outhouse
1525-35; out- + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then Mrs. Higgs made a sign to Carrie, who went out of the room and into the outhouse.

    The Wharf by the Docks Florence Warden
  • A man died, and, according to custom, he was laid out in an outhouse.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • He fell from his mount and found concealment in an outhouse, from where he fought his last battle.

    History of 'Billy the Kid' Chas. A. Siringo
  • A dry room or outhouse where there is a good draught is best.

    Scotch Loch-Fishing AKA Black Palmer, William Senior
  • The outhouse would become my study, and I have a couch-bed on which I am now sitting (in bed) and writing to you.

  • The outhouse consisted of a large coachhouse and a small stable.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • The sound came from an outhouse, toward which the boy directed his steps.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • An outhouse near one of Dr. Roebuck's pits was selected as away Pg.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for outhouse


a building near to, but separate from, a main building; outbuilding
(US) an outside lavatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outhouse

early 14c., "shed, outbuilding," from out + house (n.). Sense of "a privy" (principally American English) is first attested 1819.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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