sundowner

noun sun·down·er \ ˈsən-ˌdau̇-nər \
Updated on: 6 Apr 2018

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 2, vagrant 1a
2 chiefly British : a drink taken at sundown

Examples of sundowner in a Sentence

  1. sundowners showing up at a sheep station looking for work

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First Known Use of sundowner

1868

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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