One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Waste water from household sinks, showers, and baths, but not waste liquid or excreta from toilets.
- ‘The sullage will be treated at Sadar Bazar near Church Baloon Road, powerhouse, Lohali and Kathlag.’
- ‘During heavy rains the streets and even houses get flooded with knee-deep sullage water, bringing along with it snakes, crabs and insects.’
- ‘Sewer lines, which would have otherwise emptied the sullage into the nearby Virugambakkam canal, are overflowing as the canal is in spate and there is hardly any movement of water.’
- 1.1archaic Refuse, especially sewage.
Mid 16th century: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French suillage, from suiller ‘to soil’.
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