Definition of outhouse in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊthaʊs


  • 1A building such as a shed or barn that is built on to or in the grounds of a house.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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