outhouse

noun
out·​house | \ ˈau̇t-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce outhouse (audio) \
plural outhouses\ ˈau̇t-​ˌhau̇-​zəz How to pronounce outhouse (audio) also  -​səz \

Definition of outhouse

: outbuilding … barns, stables, and other outhouses— Wayne R. LaFave and Austin W. Scott, Jr. especially : privy sense 1a They lived in an off-the-grid cabin with an out-door kitchen and an outhouse. — Diane Daniel Royal Cove's official outhouse didn't have a name, so we dubbed it Maggie's Loo, in honor of Princess Margaret of Great Britain. — John Vigor He calls an outhouse a toilet, because the only toilets his family had while he was growing up were outhouses. — David Owen

Examples of outhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, there's nothing more Michigan than putting an outhouse on skis and racing it down a hill. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2021 On the Navajo Nation, Eloise Sullivan uses an outhouse and often drives before dawn to beat the crowd at a water-filling station near the Arizona-Utah border to get water for the five people in her household. Gillian Flaccus, oregonlive, 23 Dec. 2021 On the Navajo Nation, Eloise Sullivan uses an outhouse and often drives before dawn to beat the crowd at a water-filling station near the Arizona-Utah border to get water for the five people in her household. Gillian Flaccus And Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2021 Of all the reasons to recommend these two huts—their beautiful location, modern architectural style, cozy living rooms, amazing skiing—it’s the view of the Elk Mountains from the outhouse that shines brightest. Rachel Walker, Outside Online, 7 Mar. 2019 Each outhouse is homemade and constructed out of wood, cardboard, plastic, grand piano crates and anything else the artist can think of, according to the race website. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2021 The two sides in the homicide case of a Ho-Chunk woman from Wisconsin whose body was found burning in an outhouse last year laid out their arguments to jurors for the first time Monday. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Dec. 2021 The night that Decorah's remains were found, on May 17, 2020, Rooney was found lying down, unclothed in a cabin near the outhouse. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 There's plenty of livestock, lots of Lone Star sunshine, but nothing so much as a flophouse or an outhouse in sight. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of outhouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2022

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“Outhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outhouse. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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outhouse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outhouse

: a small outdoor building that is used as a toilet
: a small building (such as a shed) that is separated from a main building

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