sun·​down·​er ˈsən-ˌdau̇-nər How to pronounce sundowner (audio)
[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
chiefly British : a drink taken at sundown

Examples of sundowner in a Sentence

sundowners showing up at a sheep station looking for work
Recent Examples on the Web Go here for date night, fun with friends, happy-hour sundowners, or a late-night cigar. Ann Marie McQueen, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Nov. 2023 The flybridge, for instance, doubles as a fantastic party space with space for either sundowners or sunbathing. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Already this week, wind advisories were issued in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, where sundowner winds delivered gusts of 50 mph overnight Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 Other features include game drives, cultural visits, and sundowners. Karthika Gupta, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2023 But gusty sundowner winds are expected Sunday night and Monday night, further elevating dangerous fire conditions. Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 Up top, the flybridge of more than 900 square feet is perfect for sky-high sundowners. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 June 2023 Serena Williams Announces Her Pregnancy on the Met Red Carpet Ponza is for a certain type of traveler, to be sure, one who isn’t seduced by luxury accommodations and five-star service, or by scene-y beach clubs selling overpriced sundowners on crowded beaches. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2023 Soon the tracker showed up with the back of the vehicle set up for a sundowner, pouring champagne. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sundowner was in 1868

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“Sundowner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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