outhouse (plural outhouses)
- (Canada, US) An outbuilding—typically permanent—containing a toilet or seat over a cesspit.
- (dated) Any outbuilding: any small structure located apart from a main building.
Like many terms for places where humans urinate and defecate, the sense of the word outhouse referring to an outbuilding housing a cesspit has euphemistic aspects to its origins (just as with privy, toilet, restroom, bathroom, water closet, and indeed most of the synonyms of this sense), as the sense of outhouse meaning any outbuilding predates the cesspit-building (sub)sense; regardless, as that sense is now the dominant sense, writers now tend to say outbuilding when they mean an outbuilding without further specification, to avoid invoking either confusion or (even merely) connotation—which is to say, to avoid even a whiff of the dominant sense.
- (outer building used for urination and defecation): See Thesaurus:outhouse
- (any small outer building): See outbuilding
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