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jakes

[ jeyks ]
/ dʒeɪks /
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noun (usually used with a plural verb)Chiefly Dialect.
an outdoor privy; outhouse.
a toilet or bedpan.
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Origin of jakes

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

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Jakes
[ jeyks ]
/ dʒeɪks /

noun
John, born 1932, U.S. novelist.
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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
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