• IPA: /dʒeɪks/

jakes (uncountable)

  1. plural form of jake in its various senses.
  2. (now chiefly Irish) A place to urinate and defecate: an outhouse or lavatory.
    • circa 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act II, Scene 2,
      My lord, if you’ll give me leave, I will tread this unbolted villain into mortar and daub the walls of a jakes with him.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Dublin: John Smith, Volume 1, Book 6, Chapter 1, p. 269,
      […] Whereas the Truth-finder, having raked out that Jakes his own Mind, and being there capable of tracing no Ray of Divinity, nor any thing virtuous, or good, or lovely, or loving, very fairly, honestly, and logically concludes, that no such things exist in the whole Creation.
    • 1994, Derek Beaven, Newton’s Niece, Fourth Estate, 1999, 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 Verb
  1. third-person singular form of jake: to play a form of prank

  • IPA: /d͡ʒeɪks/
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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