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jakes Syllabification: jakes

Definition of jakes in English:


A lavatory, especially an outdoor one.
Example sentences
  • You're told about table manners to relieve yourself in a jakes above a stream.
  • Out with the boss for a power lunch? Don't excuse yourself to use the "rest room", how dull: announce that you are headed for the jakes!
  • A jakes, of course, was the Elizabethan word for a mouldy toilet.


Mid 16th century: perhaps from the given name Jacques, or as the genitive of the nickname Jack (see jack1).

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