adjective, priv·i·er, priv·i·est.
noun, plural priv·ies.
Origin of privy
Related Words for privieslatrine, bathroom, lavatory, outbuilding, toilet, outhouse, urinal, restroom, pot, privy, washroom, head, john, throne, commode, can, W.C., potty, johnny
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Historical Examples of privies
Danger, from drainage of barns and barnyards, 137;from leachings from privies and cesspools, 138.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
Stables and privies must be at least a hundred feet from water reservoirs.Civics and Health
William H. Allen
For non-compliance with notice for the construction of drains, privies, &c., 10s.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Great attention is to be paid to the cleanliness of the privies.Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 1 (of 2)
George Jacob Holyoake
Under these circumstances thorough disinfection of the privies checked the spread of the disease.
adjective privier or priviest
noun plural privies
Word Origin for privy
"private," early 13c., from Old French privé "friendly, intimate; a private place," from Latin privatus "private, personal" (see private (adj.)). Meaning "participating in (a secret)" (usually with to) is attested from late 14c. Related: Privily. Privy Council is from c.1300 in a general sense; specifically of the British government, first attested late 14c., as consaile priue. Privy member "organ of sex" is from late 13c.
"toilet," c.1200, from Old French privé, privee "latrine," literally "private place," from noun use of adjective privé (see privy (adj.)).