Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A drunkard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A toper; a tippler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A toper; one habitually given to strong drink; a drunkard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun colloquial A drunkard, one who drinks alcohol frequently.
  • noun UK, slang A fool, prat; an idiot.

Etymologies

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From toss +‎ pot.

Examples

  • Simple respect is so ill at ease in the "tosspot" form that I have found only two examples, both obsolete: shunthank (s) and speaktruth.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • Several plants and animals, in addition to those already mentioned, have earned "tosspot" names for various reasons, usually strikingly apparent and often quite whimsical.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • 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).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • Any "tosspot" hunter is sure to chase up blind alleys.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • Truly the "tosspot" is harsh on flattercaps and short on flattery.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • Such ambiguities are the spice of "tosspot" hunting.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 1

  • 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'.

    'Scrap the GLA' says Labour think tank

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • 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.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

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  • "in his soup, the tosspot said, like crackers"

    February 9, 2007

  • yoink!

    (favorited)

    February 9, 2007

  • "Bukowski was a major-league tosspot, occasionally brutish but far less so than the mean-minded Hemingway, who drank himself into suicide."

    The New York Times, November 25, 2007

    November 26, 2007

  • Toper, drunkard.

    May 13, 2008