doss [dos]Chiefly British ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for doss on noun

  1. a place to sleep, especially in a cheap lodging house.
  2. sleep.

verb (used without object)

  1. to sleep or lie down in any convenient place.

Origin of doss First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure DOS [daws, dos] noun Computers.

  1. any of several single-user, command-driven operating systems for personal computers, especially MS DOS.

Origin of DOS d(isk) o(perating) s(ystem) Related Words for doss cot, pallet, berth, sack, hay, doss, kip, executive, dos, MS-DOS, OS, UNIX, Windows Examples from the Web for doss Contemporary Examples of doss

  • The second way,” Doss adds, “is individual communications between Tamarod people and state institutions.

    A Cairo Conspiracy

    Mike Giglio

    July 12, 2013

  • So there were plenty of places I could doss when I was young, free, and single.

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  • Historical Examples of doss

  • Doss thou know the country hereabouts, thou good and holy man?

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Howard Pyle

  • His name was Terry, and he was as jolly as poor old Doss used to be.

    The New Girl at St. Chad’s

    Angela Brazil

  • I was lugged before the beak, who gave me six doss in the Steel.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

  • There was an end to their conversation after that, and Doss fell asleep on her knee.

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

  • Now Doss had wondered much of late what had become of her master.

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

  • British Dictionary definitions for doss doss verb

    1. (intr often foll by down) to sleep, esp in a dosshouse
    2. (intr often foll by around) to pass time aimlessly


    1. a bed, esp in a dosshouse
    2. a slang word for sleep
    3. short for dosshouse
    4. a task or pastime requiring little effortmaking a film is a bit of a doss

    Word Origin for doss C18: of uncertain origin DOS n acronym for trademark computing

    1. disk-operating system, often prefixed, as in MS-DOS and PC-DOS; a computer operating system

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