Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DUNNY, n. The underground cellars and passages usual in old tenement buildings, a basement (Gsw.1 1933).
m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower vii.:
That's a tough lot for ye, Mr McCunn. Used a' their days wi' sleepin' in coal-rees and dunnies and dodgin' the polis. Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 23:
Doon in the darkness o' a dunny They ryped the corp's pooch for his money. Arg. 1918 N. Munro Jaunty Jock (1935) ii.:
Flat on flat it [land or tenement in Edinburgh] rose for fourteen stories, poverty in its dunnies, (as they called its cellars) poverty in its attics. Gsw. 1947 Forward (4 Jan.) 3:
Broken-down sewage system which periodically overflows into the dunnies and back-courts.
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