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  • n. Someone who dosses, someone known for avoiding work.
  • n. A basket.
  • n. A homeless and jobless person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pannier, or basket.
  • n. A hanging tapestry; a dorsal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hangings of tapestry or carpet-work, sometimes richly embroidered with silks and with gold and silver, formerly placed round the walls of a hall, or at the east end, and sometimes the sides, of the chancel of a church.
  • n. Same as dorse, 2.
  • n. Same as dorser, 2.
  • n. In heraldry, same as water-budget.
  • n. One who lodges at a doss-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who sleeps in any convenient place


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  • I have used inappropriate words through my radio coms i.e. inbred, dick, dosser etc.

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  • Darling posed in front of the irrelevant SLAM beds waffling about this, “free floating number”, avoiding the dosser hovels they stuff heroes into, the family accommodation.

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  • From a no-hope dosser from a poor area of England's north east I learnt that no matter where you came from or what had happened to you the future was yours to grasp and shape.

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  • A bitch and a slag apparently, because I was laughing with Kate so she thought I was going to be a bit of a dosser and was probably laughing at her.

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  • What would people think if they saw him rummaging through rubbish like some old dosser?

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  • When he came to the street Mr. Mack touched a finger to his hat, but the happy dosser paid him no regard.

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  • A happy dosser was nosing along the lane and Mr. Mack watched with lenient disdain.

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  • While it was true that, with the number of tourists wandering about the area looking for Regent's Park, the wax museum or the planetarium, the local police might not keep in mind the occasional dosser they ordered to move along, it did seem reasonable to conclude that someone might be able to identify him with the assistance of what they now had: the sketch.

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  • "We reckon it's probably a dosser - crept in there to sleep and got hypothermia."

    Hard Frost

  • He half expected to disturb a dosser or perhaps even the boy they had been told to look out for, the seven-year-old who had gone out with his guy and still wasn't home at eleven o'clock at night.

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  • JM wonders why dosser crafters are so hard to find these days when there seems to be so many around.

    August 29, 2010

  • From the verb doss.

    September 18, 2008

  • British slang - "Noun. 1. A person who sleeps rough, a homeless person. Derog. 2. A person who lives by exerting the least amount of personal effort. Derog."


    September 18, 2008