One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British informal An alcoholic drink taken at sunset.
- ‘Once you find a comfortable place to sit outdoors and have a morning cup of coffee or an evening sundowner, a funny thing happens.’
- ‘People were gulping down sundowners, women seemed to be, rather disinterestedly, sipping their drinks and picking up a bite.’
- ‘We are drinking sundowners by the Land Cruiser and musing that, if we set off on foot now, we'd still be nowhere in a week's time.’
- ‘But my mother believes there is more to life than a suntan and a sundowner.’
- ‘Having made good progress today, we have time to stroll to the bank of an ancient dried riverbed to enjoy a pre-supper sundowner as we watch the reddening sun light up the sky.’
- ‘On the 16th to 18th floors, the club offers its guests extras such as complimentary breakfast, ruinously good afternoon tea and sundowner cocktails overlooking the city.’
- ‘Unmindful of the chill in the air, people lazed around sipping sundowners and munching ‘masaledar’ stuff, waiting for the party to begin.’
- ‘The bar is always good for a laid-back sundowner or three… and if you hang in there long enough you might even catch a live rock act towards the end of the evening.’
- ‘Diplomats, businessmen and locals congregate for gossip, sundowners and remarkable bar snacks.’
- ‘Early evening sundowners are popular but night owls might want to hang around for exotic cocktails and ambient tunes spun by house DJs as the light goes down.’
- ‘Our first evening was spent drinking sundowners, drifting down the Zambezi on a pontoon absorbing the sunset and watching large herds of elephants swimming across the river supporting their calves in the deep water.’
- ‘Sipping a sundowner and tucking into homemade nibbles on one of the islands in the river before returning after dark to a hot shower under the stars was an unforgettable experience.’
- ‘It was 17.45 in the afternoon and, at best, an after-hours call out will cost you an arm and a leg should you be fortunate enough to find someone willing to come away from their sundowners.’
- ‘Here we sat enjoying our sundowners as massive hippos splashed and played in the River Khwai before us.’
- ‘The marina at Troon is the perfect place to sip a few sundowners as you watch the yachts come in, and Culzean Castle is an astounding place to visit, with spectacular views and fabulous gardens.’
- ‘So… after a few quiet sundowners and pleasant advertising industry banter in the foyer, we padded into the concert hall for the show.’
- ‘And in the roof he has put a glass look-out, perfect to sip your sundowner in.’
- ‘Forget sundowners - go for an 8pm dinner in one of the many fine restaurants, and have a digestif at one of the two harbourside bars while you stare out into the black bay.’
- ‘Their days are spent busy in the bush while the evenings kick off with sundowners on the brow of a hill.’
- ‘The wine is an excellent as a sundowner on a hot summer's evening and does just as well when served as an accompaniment to a salad or grilled fish.’
2A person with dementia who becomes increasingly irritable or difficult as the day progresses.
- ‘The first evening she was there we quickly realised she was a sundowner and did our best to calm and reassure her.’
- ‘Many seniors, my mother-in-law included, are loosely classified as "sundowners," acting right as rain during the day but getting a bit muddled at dusk or later.’
- ‘They are chastising themselves for not realizing the extent of mom's self-neglect due to confusion from sundowner syndrome, a form of dementia.’
- ‘He'd become a classic sundowner - dozing through the day and rampaging in the wee hours.’
3Australian NZ dated, informal A tramp arriving at a sheep station in the evening under the pretence of seeking work, so as to obtain food and shelter.
tramp, drifter, down-and-out, derelict, beggar, itinerant, wanderer, nomad, wayfarer, traveller, gypsy, rover, vagabond, transient, migrant, homeless person, beachcomber, person of no fixed abode, person of no fixed address, knight of the road, bird of passage, rolling stoneView synonyms
- ‘Their routine of seeking shelter and a meal from farmers just before nightfall led to the term sundowners.’
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