jakes

[ jeyks ]
/ dʒeɪks /
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noun (usually used with a plural verb) Chiefly Dialect.

an outdoor privy; outhouse.
a toilet or bedpan.

Nearby words

  1. jaipur,
  2. jajapura,
  3. jak,
  4. jakarta,
  5. jake,
  6. jakey,
  7. jakob-creutzfeldt disease,
  8. jakob-creutzfeldt syndrome,
  9. jakobson,
  10. jakobson, roman

Origin of jakes

1525–35; < French Jacques, proper name; cf. john

Jakes

[ jeyks ]
/ dʒeɪks /

noun

John,born 1932, U.S. novelist.

jake

2
[ jeyk ]
/ dʒeɪk /

noun Slang.

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 jake

2
1925–30, Americanism; apparently alteration of Jamaica (ginger)

Jake

[ jeyk ]
/ dʒeɪk /

noun

a male given name, form of Jacob.
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British Dictionary definitions for jakes

jakes

/ (dʒeɪks) /

noun

an archaic slang word for lavatory
Southwest English dialect human excrement

Word Origin for jakes

C16: probably from French Jacques James

jake

/ (dʒeɪk) /

adjective Australian and NZ slang

satisfactory; all right
she's jake everything is under control

Word Origin for jake

probably from the name Jake

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Word Origin and History for jakes
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