dosser 1[dos-er] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for dosser on noun

  1. a basket for carrying objects on the back; pannier.
  2. an ornamental covering for the back of a seat, especially a throne or the like.
  3. dossal(def 1).

Also dorser. Origin of dosser 1 1300–50; Middle English Anglo-French; Middle French dossier Medieval Latin dosserium, variant of dorserium, equivalent to dors(um) back + -erium -ery; replacing Middle English dorser Medieval Latin dorserium dosser 2[dos-er] noun Chiefly British.

  1. a person who sleeps in a doss house.

Origin of dosser 2First recorded in 1865–70; doss + -er1 Related Words for dosser drapery, hanging, arras, dosser Examples from the Web for dosser Historical Examples of dosser

  • Leastways so the Dosser explains it, of course it is all Tommy rot.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 101, December 26, 1891


  • I hope ’tis not the first time you have seen a child carried out of town in a dosser for fear of the plague.

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays (11 of 15)

    W. Carew Hazlitt

  • Dosser, dos′er, n. a rich hanging of tapestry for the walls of a hall or of a chancel: a pannier.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • In fact, the modern “dosser” is better and more decently housed.

    The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh

    Charles G. Harper

  • British Dictionary definitions for dosser dosser 1 noun

    1. rare a bag or basket for carrying objects on the back

    Word Origin for dosser C14: from Old French dossier, from Medieval Latin dorsārium, from Latin dorsum back dosser 2 noun slang

    1. British a person who sleeps in dosshouses
    2. British another word for dosshouse
    3. a lazy person; idler
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