One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who sleeps rough; a tramp.
poor person, pauper, indigent, bankrupt, insolventView synonyms
- ‘Alighting from a shuttle bus, the merry band of revellers spot a dosser lying prone and fully concealed under a blanket inside a bus shelter.’
- ‘He knew that the ruling class are in some ways as much outsiders as vagrants and dossers, which is why the landowner has a sneaking sympathy for the poacher.’
- ‘He could have chosen to do other, less famous people, and has done that on many occasions, such as dossers and other working-class figures.’
- ‘Who else would buy up 6250 cans, only to give all the cans away to dossers?’
- ‘The bus skirted the town, passing a cluster of dossers drinking out of brown paper bags.’
2An idle person.
- ‘There had been an exchange of insults between them with allegations of each being a dosser.’
- ‘For incompetents and dossers prosper only at the expense of good workers.’
- ‘He was a joker, and I was a dosser - always having a laugh, not taking it seriously either.’
- ‘Now it turns out I have to co-ordinate strikes and represent these dossers.’
- ‘I sat there fearing the worse on day one and envisaged all the stereotype dossers sitting in my class.’
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