Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Upper Midwest An outdoor toilet; an outhouse.
  • n. Upper Midwest An indoor toilet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A toilet
  • n. An outhouse

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of privy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The younger generation won’t want to go back; you think they’ll give up their Lexuses and cell phones to live in a place were the biffy is a bucket in the corner and the newest car in town is a 1959 Buick?

    August 2006

  • Once I had to drive the biffy truck that went under the plane where the toilets emptied.

    Peach

  • OMJ you are so completely unbelievably lucky to have ur biffy a DAY before christmas!!

    Twilight Lexicon » Happy Birthday Stephenie

  • These, plus more in the future you can be your biffy, are from the generous folks over at Shutterstock.

    World Famous Design Junkies » 2010 » March

  • And yet, as the Faithful Correspondent noted, we peons still have to take off our shoes and endure long lines at the TSA checkpoints when we fly from Detroit to Toronto because, you know, it never occurs to Osama bin-Forgotten that he could really devastate the economy of two Western powers with a wad of C-4 strategically placed in the biffy at the Duty-Free Shop.

    One Man and a Bridge

  • I'm not a complete Luddite, but I do believe that there's a time and a place for everything, and just because technology can provide us with the ability to talk on the phone and drive at the same time -- which, according to the people who keep track of such things, has caused a surge in traffic accidents -- or send e-mails while you're sitting on the biffy, it doesn't mean you should.

    The End of Civilization as We Know It

  • Note to self: Never have your photo taken on the biffy, not even as a joke, 'cause you never know when it's going to end up on a cake on somebody's hilarious blog, and be seen round the world...

    Breaking News: Head-Swelling Bakery Incident Goes Horribly Awry

  • We stopped at a KFC (or PFK in French) for a biffy break and lunch, then proceeded on the 401 (also undergoing construction between Windsor and Chatham) to Ingersoll and then Stratford.

    Welcome to Canada

  • Do you go to the biffy, the restroom, or the toilet?

    May 2006

  • Pen-Elayne is collecting links to the fun bloggers are having with Bush's note requesting permission to go to the biffy.

    September 2005

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