out·​house ˈau̇t-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce outhouse (audio)
plural outhouses ˈau̇t-ˌhau̇-zəz How to pronounce outhouse (audio)
 also  -səz
: outbuilding
… barns, stables, and other outhousesWayne 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 The three-day festival featuring a parade, food vendors, live entertainment and an outhouse race celebrates all things pack burro. Heather Mundt, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 June 2024 Activities abound, from backpacking to fishing to canoeing, and there are 36 campgrounds to choose from, all with tent sites, outhouses and a water source. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 4 June 2024 Cornered in an outhouse with the Captain, the General suspects there must be a spy who’s sowing discontent among the refugees and orders the Captain to suss out the culprit. Terry Nguyen, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2024 Few had indoor bathrooms or even outhouses, and many farm wives had to walk hundreds of yards to get household water. Meg Jacobs, Foreign Affairs, 8 Dec. 2020 See all Example Sentences for outhouse 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outhouse was in the 14th century

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“Outhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outhouse. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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