Definition of jakes in English:


Syllabification: jakes
Pronunciation: /jāks


A lavatory, especially an outdoor one.
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  • A jakes, of course, was the Elizabethan word for a mouldy toilet.
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  • Nothing fancy, just a long drop, probably leading to a cistern that served several other jakes, but it was a luxury here.


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

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