[ out-hous ]
/ ˈaʊtˌhaʊs /

noun, plural out·hous·es [out-hou-ziz] /ˈaʊtˌhaʊ zɪz/.

an outbuilding with one or more seats and a pit serving as a toilet; privy.
any outbuilding.

Origin of outhouse

First recorded in 1525–35; out- + house
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British Dictionary definitions for outhouse


/ (ˈaʊtˌhaʊs) /


a building near to, but separate from, a main building; outbuilding
US an outside lavatory
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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.

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