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outhouse

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊthaʊs
 
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Definition of outhouse in English:

noun

1A building such as a shed or barn that is built on to or in the grounds of a house.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Manor houses with extensive outhouses and grounds cost €450,000 to €600,000.
  • 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.
1.1chiefly North American An outside toilet.
Example sentences
  • Houses come with a genuine corrugated metal roof, clapboard siding and an outhouse (with modern plumbing, of course).
  • 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.

verb

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Store or accommodate away from the main storage or accommodation area: books outhoused in the annex take longer to deliver

Words that rhyme with outhouse

town housecoach house

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