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dunny

[ duhn-ee ]
/ ˈdʌn i /
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noun, plural dun·nies.Australian Slang.

an outside privy; outhouse.

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Origin of dunny

1780–90; shortening of earlier dial. and criminal argot dunnekin outhouse, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for dunny

dunny
/ (ˈdʌnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

Scot dialect a cellar or basement
dialect another word for dunnakin
Australian and NZ informal
  1. an outside lavatory
  2. (as modifier)a dunny roll; a dunny seat

Word Origin for dunny

C20: of obscure origin; but see dunnakin
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