from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A building behind or back from the main or front building; hence, in country places, especially in New England, a privy.
  • noun Same as bakehouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A building behind the main building.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A smaller building behind a main building; often a privy.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

back +‎ house


  • Uncle Alphonse had a strap hanging on the inside of the door to the bathroom that he used on Mick and Caesare with liberal and gleeful intent, recalling, perhaps, the beat - ings his father had inflicted on him in the "backhouse," as the outhouse was called.

    Second Skin

  • So, skim off about 20% who live in trailer parks, have diseased dogs chained up, call all their girl children Sissy and their grandmothers Mamaw, drink homemade liquor, smoke corn husks and have a ‘backhouse’ which holds all their weaponry, and then you have the last 11% who appear here daily.

    Think Progress » Bush Claims Program That Monitors Tens of Millions of Americans ‘Strictly Targets Al Qaeda’

  • In New England, they call that "little house, big house, backhouse, barn."

    The view after the treacherous drive home.

  • This is not done by making them schlptors, backhouse wall-experts or miniature painters145;

    A Life in Letters

  • Should she have crossed to the inner side of the hedge, she must have come to the door of the backhouse and got in.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • True liberal backwash backhouse by distorting words of of a person who said "Congress" to mean "corporate." Top headlines

  • Most guests, however, were crammed in the backhouse, where they cheered ukulele cover band the Ooks of Hazzard as the nine musicians headed toward a "Purple Rain" finale.

    Los Angeles Times - Entertainment News

  • Woldest thou not driue them in to the contrey, & put the one to the backhouse, the other to the plowe.

    The Education of Children

  • Their cahoots, Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sar and Khieu Samphan -- all ageing towards the last phase of their lives, have been caught and place under provisional detention at the backhouse of ECCC, located along National Road 4, Chaom Chau Commune, Dangkao District, Phnom Penh.



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  • In Manitoba, this word was used exclusively, with the same meaning as "outhouse", that is a privy separate from the house. At Halloween, the children would chant: "Halloween Apples, Candy or Cake; If you don't give us any, your Backhouse will shake!" Many were overturned each year, whether candy was given or not.

    June 14, 2009