dosser

noun dos·ser \ ˈdä-sər \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of dosser

plural dossers
British, informal, often disparaging : a homeless person
  • An increasing number of young dossers are also using trains parked for the night near Victoria station.
  • —Andrew North
  • The young Scottish painter Peter Howson transforms Glasgow dossers (street people) into heroic figures.
  • Art News

Origin and Etymology of dosser

earlier, "person frequenting a cheap rooming house," from 1doss + 2-er

First Known Use: 1866

in the meaning defined above


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