• noun a toilet, especially an ‘outhouse’ or outside lavatory. The word was reintroduced to some British speakers via the Australianisms in the cartoon strip The Adventures of Barry McKenzie in Private Eye magazine in the late 1960s. In fact this term has existed for approximately 200 years in British English as ‘dunnakin’ (spelt in various ways, including ‘dunnigan’ in Ireland) and had become obsolete. The ultimate origin of these words is obscure but seems to be related to archaic dialect words for excrement such as danna, or its colour (‘dun’).