- an outbuilding with one or more seats and a pit serving as a toilet; privy.
- any outbuilding.
Origin of outhouse
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Examples from the Web for outhouse
Even at 3am on a rainy night, your only toilet option is a wet and perhaps muddy walk to the outhouse.What's Better: Cell Phones or Indoor Toilets?
January 3, 2013
Stein says her jail time was "like living in an outhouse in very close quarters."Can Anyone Replace Ralph Nader in the Green Party Race for the White House?
August 3, 2012
I think she must have hid it in some outhouse, and fetched it the next night.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
There were tools and a joiner's bench in an outhouse, and there he worked.The Great Hunger
"In the outhouse you will find a considerable quantity of straw," said Holmes.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
The landlord led them to an outhouse, in which were some trusses of straw.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
With this he retired, and blubbered a good hour in an outhouse.
- 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
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