Definition of jakes in English:
A toilet, especially an outdoor one.
- 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 pet name Jack (see jack1).
Definition of jakes in:
- US English dictionary
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