See also: gingerbread-office
- (obsolete, euphemistic slang) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
- a. 1643, William Cartwright, Lady-Errant, Act V, Scene i:
- 2001, Chris Mounsey, Christopher Smart: Clown of God, page 192:
- "Gingerbread office" was an eighteenth-century slang term for public toilets, which were, Norton argues, meeting places for homosexuals to engage in sexual encounters. "Gingerbread-kake" and "ginger-bred queen" suggest what may happen in the "office" and name those involved.
- 2013, Noel Chevalier, "Breaking the Circle of the Sciences" in Reading Christopher Smart in the Twenty-First Century, p. 139:
- Mounsey also suggests that one poem in the volume further links Smart with homosexuality in its use of the term "gingerbread-office" as slang for a public toilet used for gay sexual encounters... If Mounsey is correct, then the later History of Giles Gingerbread may contain more than meets the eye, especially since its final poem is signed with the known Smart pseudonym, Tom Tagg.
- (architecture) An office in the gingerbread Victorian style.
- 1968, in The Discovery of Drama, p. 378:
- 1975, Dental Survey, Vol. 51, p. 92:
- The conversion of an old bungalow into a "gingerbread office" has brought to life a 13-year dream of mine.
- Gingerbread, a British charity with various offices