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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Related Words for outhouse

latrine, bathroom, lavatory, outbuilding, privy, washroom, WC

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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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