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Etymology edit

From the addition of kin or ken, a pejorative form of house, to some form of danna, an obsolete slang for shit.

Noun edit

dunnekin (plural dunnekins)

  1. (archaic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.

Usage notes edit

Originally English cant or dialect but now more common in Scottish, Australian, and New Zealand English.

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  • "Danna" in James Camden Hotten's Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Used at the Present Day (1859).
  • "Dunegan" in Francis Grose's A Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811).
  • "dunny, n.²", in the Oxford English Dictionary (1972), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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