One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British informal An alcoholic drink taken at sunset.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Their days are spent busy in the bush while the evenings kick off with sundowners on the brow of a hill.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And in the roof he has put a glass look-out, perfect to sip your sundowner in.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Diplomats, businessmen and locals congregate for gossip, sundowners and remarkable bar snacks.’
- ‘Unmindful of the chill in the air, people lazed around sipping sundowners and munching ‘masaledar’ stuff, waiting for the party to begin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But my mother believes there is more to life than a suntan and a sundowner.’
- ‘So… after a few quiet sundowners and pleasant advertising industry banter in the foyer, we padded into the concert hall for the show.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Here we sat enjoying our sundowners as massive hippos splashed and played in the River Khwai before us.’
2A person with dementia who becomes increasingly irritable or difficult as the day progresses.
- ‘They are chastising themselves for not realizing the extent of mom's self-neglect due to confusion from sundowner syndrome, a form of dementia.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The first evening she was there we quickly realised she was a sundowner and did our best to calm and reassure her.’
- ‘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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