from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, enclosed structure having one or two holes in a seat built over a pit and serving as an outdoor toilet.
- n. An outbuilding, as on a farm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An outbuilding, a small structure located away, or not directly accessed from, a main building.
- n. An outdoor toilet, (or often just a seat over a cesspool) in a wooden cubicle, where the term is usually referring to a permanent facility. Where an outdoor toilet is installed on a temporary basis, the term portable toilet is generally used. The slang terms john and johnny house are sometimes used to identify an outdoor toilet; see also privy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small house or building at a little distance from the main house; an outbuilding.
- n. A small building with one or more seats and a pit underneath, intended for use as a toilet; a privy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small house or building separate from the main house; an outbuilding; specifically, in law, under the definition of arson, a building contributory to habitation, separate from the main structure, and so by the common-law rules a parcel of the dwelling-house or not, according as it is within or without the curtilage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
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The outhouse is such a bad target for pranksters that I usually just go do my business somewhere else over a log.
“Ahh. Safe and sound!” exclaims Chris to Joe as it becomes clear the two are sitting in an outhouse, and the outhouse is headed for the brink of Niagra Falls.
"The roof of a good outhouse is best protected from wet," thought a fourth.
... an iowa corncob in an outhouse is more useful than palin. oh well if they do convince her to come the smart folks can use an iowa corncob to wipe her off of them ... angel
Behind the outhouse is a door to a hidden stairwell to an attic.
The trek to the outhouse was a different experience that night as well.
The outhouse was a mere 80 feet from the east, and only opening of the house.
For those who are generally uninformed in the layout of old farms many decades ago, an outhouse was the bathroom of its day prior to the invention of indoor plumbing.
I know that cleaning the outhouse was a drag, he said.
The outhouse was the simplest of dwellings, wooden-walled, shingle-roofed, one window beside the door and one on the farther side.