Possibly from Italian casa (house), via 1870s Cockney word carsey.[1]

Or a contraction of "Gazebo"

Possibly from an African language (Zulu or Swahili are often cited) word "M'khazi" meaning a latrine.

Alternative formsEdit

  • carsey, carsy, karsey, karsy, karzey, karzy, kazi


khazi (plural khazis)

  1. (UK, slang) A toilet.

Usage notesEdit

Particularly used in "down the khazi".

Khazi is now most commonly used in Liverpool, away from its cockney slang roots.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ A dictionary of slang and unconventional English, by Eric Partridge et. al., 8th edition, 2002, p. 185
  2. ^ "Why Do We Say?" (1987) by Nigel Rees
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