Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dunny n.2

also dunnee
[dunnaken n.]

1. any lavatory; also attrib.; thus dunny cart, a vehicle used to remove excrement; dunny man, a night-soil cleaner; dunny roll, lavatory paper.

[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 445: Chineeman him no-more jiggel — him no-more lat belonga dunny.
[Aus]S.L. Elliott Rusty Bugles I i: You wasn’t here when the dunny blew up.
[Aus](con. 1940s) T.A.G. Hungerford Sowers of the Wind 69: I’d get hit on the head with the handle of the dunny door. The blasted bunny, that’s me!
[Aus]D. Hewett Bobbin Up (1961) 74: I want to go to the dunny.
[UK]C. Rohan Delinquents 137: How is the dunny? [...] Does it have a chain?
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 21: I forgot to ask my new friends where the dunnee is.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Yarns of Billy Borker 68: Here’s six more raffle books. Go and lock yourself in the dunny and fill out every ticket in my name.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiv 4/4: dunny cart: A country night soil cart.
[Aus]Lette & Carey Puberty Blues 2: We were also busting to go to the dunny, but that was too rude for girls.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 20: Having a quiet smoke in an all-night dunny.
[Aus]T. Winton That Eye, The Sky 103: The empty bit of dunny roll.
[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 16: Boys’ dunnies smell the same anywhere.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 78: Widely lingoised as the sanny or sano man, this fast-disappearing trade is also known as the night man or simply the dunny man who comes to take the nightsoil away.
[UK]Observer Escape 4 Mar. 3: A highly indigenous-sounding [...] self-penned poem about dunnies.
[Aus]D. McDonald Luck in the Greater West (2008) 7: Can I use ya dunny?
[Aus] D. Whish-Wilson ‘In Savage Freedom’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Two new sleeping bags, dunny paper, some cash in a bum-bag.
Facebook 15 July 🌐 No dramas tonight but, and I lit up a durry, thought about my hard yakka and headed to the dunny.
[Aus]D. Whish-Wilson Shore Leave 72: ‘I ran into him comin out of the dunny’.

2. an outside lavatory or privy; also attrib.

[Aus]D. Stivens Courtship of Uncle Henry 149–50: It’s hot up in the mallee and they put the dunny well away from the house.
[NZ]N. Hilliard Maori Girl 19: She delighted in giving cheek to the boys and taking refuge in the girls’ dunny.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 57: The six huts, dunny holes.
[Aus]M. Bail Homesickness (1999) 162: We had never, hum, seen one of your dunnies before.
[Aus]Penguin Bk of More Aus. Jokes 446: [He decided] to build himself a little dunny right over the 500 m shaft. Why waste a good hole?
[UK]Observer Escape 4 Mar. 14: The ‘dunny’ [...] was ‘a good old-fashioned long-drop’ – a hole in the ground two minutes tramp through long, soaking grass.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Family’ in Turning (2005) 184: The day at school when he shat himself and was locked in the dunnies.
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at 🌐 Blokes’ Dunny.

In compounds

dunny-brush (n.)

(Aus.) a term of abuse.

[NZ]O. Marshall ‘The Master of Big Jingles’ in Ace of Diamonds Gang (1993) 17: What a dunny brush he turned out to be.
dunny budgie (n.) [facet. use of budgie n.2 ; i.e. the size or noisiness of the flies is reminiscent of the bird]

(Aus.) a fly.

E. Hoffman Adventuring in Aus. 468: dunny budgie, a fly.
E. Kanze Kangaroo Dreaming 78: ‘You’re interested in birds,’ he said, nodding toward the insect. ‘Have you made the acquaintance of the dunny budgie?’.
[Aus]Larry’s Aussie Sl. and Phrase Dict. 🌐 Dunny budgie a fly.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
Dunny Door (n.)

(Aus.) a Holden Commodore, built in Aus. 1978-2020.

[Aus] 14 Mar. 🌐 A Dunny Door Question I have fitted a 5 speed getrag manual gearbox out of a V8 VT Commodore to the back of my V12 Jag engine.
[Aus] 21 Jan. 🌐 Aussie Motoring Slang [...] Dunny door: Commodore.
[Aus] 21 Dec. 🌐 The iconic Commodore gets called Dunny Door, Bomb-a-door and Commode.
dunny rat (n.)

(Aus./N.Z.) a cunning person.

[NZ]K. Hulme Bone People 211: Simon has the luck of a proverbial dunny rat.
K. Ireland Blowing My Top 99: Not that I was the slightest bit involved in a trick that only a dunny rat would think of.
[US]W. Jenkins Big Game 27: Greg pulled Turley well clear of a manicured poodle whose owner was carrying on like Turls was a dunny rat on a string.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
K. Greenwood Cocaine Blues 72: He took a deep breath. ‘Mean as a dunny rat,’ he opined.
N. Mooney That Scottish Play 94: We’ll have this yobbo dipstick in no time, bloody oath, even if he's as cunning as a dunny rat .

In phrases

down the dunny

(N.Z.) failed, disastrous .

[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 70: If an enterprise goes down the dunny it is a failure.
J.S. Penny Everything A Woman Needs To Know 31: At tennis one day, a local farmer was asked what he was going to do with his wool clip—prices were ‘down the dunny’ .