from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drunkard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A drunkard, one who drinks alcohol frequently.
- n. A fool, prat; an idiot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A toper; one habitually given to strong drink; a drunkard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A toper; a tippler.
Any "tosspot" hunter is sure to chase up blind alleys.
Nor is sweepstakes a "tosspot," because the race does not sweep the stakes, the winner does (or used to, before changing social mores added shares for second, third and fourth).
Such ambiguities are the spice of "tosspot" hunting.
Simple respect is so ill at ease in the "tosspot" form that I have found only two examples, both obsolete: shunthank (s) and speaktruth.
Several plants and animals, in addition to those already mentioned, have earned "tosspot" names for various reasons, usually strikingly apparent and often quite whimsical.
Truly the "tosspot" is harsh on flattercaps and short on flattery.
For those wondering, the above two paragraphs translate as "Fuck off David you pedantic twat", but I know he has problems with swearing so I avoided using anything stronger than 'tosspot'.
His comment is no different to any other tosspot in the Goverment giving it all the blah and spin and then doing nothing about it.
When Evans attempted to wring tears from his readers with a maudlin account of a dying tosspot, writing that “the broad canopy of Heaven . . . had blacked its face with heavy clouds, and was weeping as a mother weeps when she sees her child,” Twain suggested—a little late—that the woman in question simply get a job and fix things up with her husband.
The crippled tosspot was claiming that the bodies were given up as a 'gesture' by the captors for the release of some halfwit Iraqi.