Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


a building behind the main building, often serving a subsidiary purpose.
a privy; outhouse.
Historical Examples

Woldest thou not driue them in to the contrey, & put the one to the backhouse, the other to the plowe.
The Education of Children Desiderius Erasmus

Broadfoot, backhouse, and Fenwick rallied and reanimated them.
Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston

“Better let me carry her up now without moving her,” said Mr. Norton, as Mrs. backhouse tried to take the little bundle from him.
Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward

It is said by backhouse, that his parties killed thirty, and captured five.
The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) John West

Then Mrs. backhouse put Milly at one end of the table, while she began to pour out tea at the other, and the feast began.
Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward

“My friend Mr. backhouse,” said Lowndes, introducing the red-nosed man.
Young Blood E. W. Hornung

backhouse replied that he was ignorant of the Spaniardsʼ statutes or laws, but that he knew the Governor was the Archbishop.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman

I’m sorry to trouble you, Mr. backhouse, but can you tell me where I can find him?
Young Blood E. W. Hornung

So on they went again, Mr. Norton still carrying Becky, and Mr. backhouse helping his wife along.
Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward

It was afterwards independently discovered by backhouse, and Barnard.
Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore

(Canadian) another word for outhouse


An outdoor toilet house without plumbing; outhouse; fireless cooker, privy (mid-1800s+)


Read Also:

  • Back in harness

    see: in harness

  • Back in the saddle

    back in the saddle adjective phrase Operational again; restored to function: The economy is back in the saddle/ I have aspirations to get back in the saddle [1940s+; fr a popular cowboy song ”Back in the Saddle Again”]

  • Back issue

    noun a previous issue of a periodical, esp. a magazine Examples Back issues are available but cost more than they did originally. Usage Note UK back number

  • Backlash

    a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil. a strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political change: a backlash of angry feeling among Southern conservatives within the party. Machinery. the space between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow for […]

Disclaimer: Backhouse definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.