Definition of outhouse in US English:



North American
  • 1An outbuilding containing a toilet, typically with no plumbing.

    • ‘In those days, outdoor plumbing was the convention and the families' outhouse stood adjacent to the house.’
    • ‘After about 50 paces, though, Sheriff Tom motioned for me to remove my pack and pointed at a dilapidated stone building with a leaning front porch in front and a stinky outhouse in back.’
    • ‘Warehouse staff have their own toilet - a virtual outhouse without heating and near-freezing running water.’
    • ‘Many live with nothing more than dirt floors and rickety outhouses.’
    • ‘The toilet was usually an outhouse - sometimes just one for a camp filled with hundreds of men.’
    • ‘I left him and went to the friendly little outhouse to empty my bladder.’
    • ‘The shower and both outhouses are also gas heated.’
    • ‘A salvaged two-holer outhouse makes the perfect toolshed.’
    • ‘Toilet paper, around for almost 300 years, hasn't changed much in the past century since indoor plumbing replaced outhouses - and the dried leaves people used.’
    • ‘When they moved in, there was no indoor plumbing, only an outhouse at the back of the property.’
    • ‘The outhouses are about 100 feet away, two camp toilets surrounded on three sides by low walls for a little privacy.’
    • ‘The toilet is situated in an outhouse in the back yard.’
    • ‘Composting toilets are a world away from the odoriferous outhouses of yesteryear.’
    • ‘He writes in his memoir that he grew up in a home whose only toilet facilities were in an outhouse.’
    • ‘Houses come with a genuine corrugated metal roof, clapboard siding and an outhouse (with modern plumbing, of course).’
    • ‘It was a long, dark, and very cold night, but officers finally found him, shivering and chattering in an unheated outhouse, his frozen bare feet wrapped up in toilet paper.’
    • ‘Few have indoor plumbing, but it's hard to beat an outhouse with a drop-dead view.’
    • ‘The 20-to 30-hole moveable outhouse was a discreet distance to the leeward.’
    • ‘A hole cut into the top of the box gave it the look of an outhouse toilet.’
    • ‘Leading off to the left is a covered outhouse area with guest toilet, while off the breakfast area is a utility room plumbed for a washing machine and fitted with a range of presses.’
    lavatory, wc, water closet, convenience, public convenience, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, earth closet, jakes
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    1. 1.1 Any outbuilding.
      • ‘The small plants can be put in a sheltered place by a house wall during winter and moved to a shed or outhouse if the weather gets really severe.’
      • ‘Ensure all doors and windows are secured and buildings like sheds, garages and outhouses have good quality locks and even alarms fitted.’
      • ‘Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection.’
      • ‘Throughout, the main building and the outhouses have been decorated with a faultless eye, the eclectic collection of objects decorating the main areas and the rooms gathered on the couple's extensive travels around the world.’
      • ‘Additional features include a concrete outhouse which doubles as a boiler house and storage shed.’
      • ‘There are six outhouses in the grounds, the largest a former coach house at the back.’
      • ‘To create the new classroom outhouses next to the school's existing four labs were demolished to make way for a single story extension.’
      • ‘It also guarantees work for the remaining weavers who work the wool into bales of cloth in sheds, barns and outhouses along the Atlantic stretch.’
      • ‘Outside, to the west of the house, there is a gravelled patio surrounded by euphorbia beds, two-block built outhouses and a timber shed, while to the east is a lawn area edged with a white picket fence.’
      • ‘Normally they confine themselves to outhouses, sheds and garages but sometimes go up market and enter houses in search of a bit luxury.’
      • ‘Manor houses with extensive outhouses and grounds cost €450,000 to €600,000.’
      • ‘There are numerous rambling barns and outhouses, and the gardens and two ornamental lakes are exquisite.’
      • ‘The site is really made up of two buildings and some smaller outhouses.’
      • ‘There are a number of outhouses and barns to the side of the property.’
      • ‘Enter them and you pass through a driveway, flanked by sheds and outhouses, to a huge building in Indo-Saracenic style.’
      • ‘Sheds, outhouses, garages, barns were emptied of their contents - chainsaws, power tools, mowers, bicycles - at first by unknown hands and then what was left by the owners.’
      • ‘Clear out any outhouses, garages, sheds and greenhouses.’
      • ‘This may extend to ancillary buildings, structures or areas such as outhouses, a garage, a driveway, a garden and so forth.’
      • ‘It was an occasion that came every six years if everyone took their turn and it also gave an opportunity for the house, outhouses, and all the occupants of both to get a good turnout and cleaning.’
      • ‘A number of outhouses and sheds are in various states of repair, and some appear to offer considerable potential in their own right.’
      hut, lean-to, outbuilding, shack
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