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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Synonyms for sundowner


bindle stiff, bum, bummer, hobo, swaggie [chiefly Australian], swagman [chiefly Australian], tramp, vagabond, vagrant

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sundowners showing up at a sheep station looking for work

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Many travelers might conjure up visions of tented camps, gourmet meals under a baobab tree, game drives through golden savanna, and sundowners at the end of the day. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 The mental heaviness of the tour has me ready for a sundowner, the Cape Town version of happy hour. Cori Murray, Essence, "Watch “ESSENCE Escapes”: How to Make the Most of 36 Hours in Cape Town," 1 July 2019 VALLEY CENTER Sundowner tonight at local winery The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce hosts a sundowner from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight at the Triple B Winery, 15030 Vesper Road. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, June 20," 20 June 2019 Enjoy a full day on safari—on drives or wildlife cruises—and end the day with a sundowner in the wilderness. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 With only 50 passengers, there’s plenty of room on deck for sundowners. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Southeast Asia Is Best Explored by Water," 20 Nov. 2018 Enjoy a magical sundowner dinner on a story-book hanging-bridge over the Traful River surrounded by pure nature in a magical valley of turrets and minarets. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 Mostly American tourists enjoy safari drives punctuated by sundowner cocktails, breakfasts on the veranda, plunge pools and bathrooms larger than a small apartment. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 Sharing a sundowner, as the British call sunset cocktails, can be the perfect finish to a summer day on the San Mateo County coast. Jeanne Cooper,, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of sundowner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sundowner was in 1868

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to make a temporary encampment

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