sun·​down·​er | \ ˈsən-ˌdau̇-nər How to pronounce sundowner (audio) \

Definition of sundowner

1 [from his habit of arriving at a place where he hopes to obtain food and lodging too late to do any work] Australia : hobo sense 2, vagrant sense 1a
2 chiefly British : a drink taken at sundown

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sundowners showing up at a sheep station looking for work
Recent Examples on the Web Southern Santa Barbara County will face gusty, sundowner winds through Tuesday night, which will be followed by gusty onshore winds during the afternoon to evening period from Tuesday through Sunday. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 7 June 2022 The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce holds a sundowner from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Star Valley Park, 14970 Vesper Road. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Over at Sandy Lane on the other side of the island, Scruffy’s bar is a winning mix of yachties, owners and locals and especially buzzy on Wednesday night for a BBQ; Shenanigans, a restaurant nearby, is another sundowner-ready spot. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2022 The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce hosts a sundowner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Center Optometry, 29115 Valley Center Road, Suite E. All are welcome. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 Head back to have a sundowner on your private patio facing Zion's magnificence and drop off into your plush mattress for a well-deserved rest. Rina Nehdar, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 For the cocktail lovers, there are few more striking places in the Maldives to enjoy a sundowner than at Whale Bar. Travis Levius, Travel + Leisure, 4 Jan. 2022 The largest there was the Alisal fire, which scorched 16,970 acres along the Gaviota coast in Santa Barbara County after it was sparked during a sundowner wind event in October. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 There, the danger will escalate Wednesday evening, when sundowner winds, named for their tendency to peak around sunset, are forecast to increase over the burn area. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sundowner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2022

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“Sundowner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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