Definition of dunny in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌni

noun (plural dunnies)

1Scottish An underground passage or cellar, especially in a tenement.
2Australian /NZ informal A toilet.
More example sentences
  • The museum is filled with trivia about the world of the toilet, otherwise known as the commode, bog, loo, dunny, convenience, privy, hiding hall, john, private chapel and necessary room.
  • We arrived at the toilet cubicle which was a run-down little shack made of bricks, with a smaller room the size of an outhouse in which was the actual dunny.
  • The city is 15 feet below sea level and so they bury everyone above the ground in these little huts that look like dunnies.


early 19th century (in the sense 'dung'): from dialect dunnekin 'privy', probably from dung + archaic slang ken 'house'. sense 1 is perhaps a different word.

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