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Webster 1913 Edition


Jakes

Jakes

,
Noun.
[Prob. fr. F.
Jacques
, the proper name. See 2d
Jack
.]
A privy.
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Jakes

JAKES

,
Noun.
[L. jacio, to throw.] A house of office or back-house; a privy.

Definition 2021


Jakes

Jakes

See also: jakes and Jakeš

English

Proper noun

Jakes

  1. A surname.

jakes

jakes

See also: Jakes and Jakeš

English

Alternative forms

Noun

jakes (usually uncountable, plural jakeses)

  1. plural of jake in its various senses.
  2. (now chiefly Ireland) A place to urinate and defecate: an outhouse or lavatory.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book VI, chapter i:
      [] whereas the truth-finder, having raked out that jakes, his own mind, and being there capable of tracing no ray of divinity, nor anything virtuous or good, or lovely, or loving, very fairly, honestly, and logically concludes that no such things exist in the whole creation.
    • 1999, Derek Beaven, Newton's Niece, p. 8:
      And the treasures of the floor and walls went raw into the jakeses from my brush and dustpan: sludges, geodes, hair, dead insects and arachnidae, a rubber glove and tainted paper waste, a mouse's skull and tail, a set of used plasters, []
Synonyms
  • (place to urinate and defecate): See Wikisaurus:bathroom
Derived terms

Verb

jakes

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of jake: to play a form of prank.

References

  1. "jakes, n." in the Oxford English Dictionary (1900), Oxford: Oxford University Press.