[ toi-lit ]
/ ˈtɔɪ lɪt /

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Toilet slang is the sh*t




    go down/in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed: The team's entire season went down the toilet.
Also toilette (for defs 6, 8).

Origin of toilet

1530–40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table, equivalent to toile toil2 + -ette -et
Can be confusedtoilet toilette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toilet


/ (ˈtɔɪlɪt) /


another word for lavatory
old-fashioned the act of dressing and preparing oneselfto make one's toilet
old-fashioned a dressing table or the articles used when making one's toilet
rare costume
the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth

Word Origin for toilet

C16: from French toilette dress, from toile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for toilet



1530s, "cover or bag for clothes," from Middle French toilette "a cloth, bag for clothes," diminutive of toile "cloth, net" (see toil (n.2)). Sense evolution is to "act or process of dressing" (1680s); then "a dressing room" (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then "lavatory or porcelain plumbing fixture" (1895), an American euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884 (the Middle English equivalent was arse-wisp). Toilet training is recorded from 1940.

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