sundowner

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English[edit]

A sundowner (swagman)

Etymology[edit]

From sundown +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

sundowner (plural sundowners)

  1. (Australia, obsolete) An itinerant worker, such as a swagman, who arrives at a farm too late in the day to do any work, but readily accepts food and lodging.
    • 2008, Arthur Upfield, Kees de Hoog (editor), Wisp of Wool and Disk of Silver, Up and Down Australia, page 279,
      What he saw was not usual in this part of Australia - a sundowner, a bush waif who tramps from north to south or from east to west, never working, cadging rations from the far-flung homesteads and having the ability of the camel to do without water, or find it.
    • 2010, John Hirst, Looking for Australia: Historical Essays, page 60,
      Like the Australian sundowners, some of these trampers were suspected of never wanting to find a job.
  2. (Australia, obsolete) An itinerant worker, a swagman.
  3. (nautical) A sea captain who shows harsh discipline by requiring all hands to be on board by sundown.[1]
    • 1985, Ronald H. Spector, Eagle Against the Sun,
      Arrogant, aloof, and suspicious, a “sundowner,” or strict disciplinarian, King inspired respect in many but affection in few.
  4. (medicine, colloquial) A patient, usually demented, who tends to become agitated in the evening.
    • 1977, Jules Hymen Masserman, Current Psychiatric Therapies, page 179,
      These patients may improve by day only to relapse at night (nocturnal delirium or sundowner's syndrome).
    • 1989: William H. Reid, The Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: Revised for the DSM III R., page 71,
      They generally occur in the evening or at night in the form of "sundowner" syndrome, as a result of diminished sensory input and social isolation and/or exposure to an unfamiliar environment (e.g., the hospital).
    • 2007 February 7, Dennis Fiely, Dark Ages: For the elderly fighting mental or physical problems, life takes a frightening turn when nighttime comes, The Columbus Dispatch
      Sundowner′s syndrome” refers to changes in mood and behavior that begin near dusk.
  5. A cocktail consumed at sunset, or to signify the end of the day; cocktail party held in the early evening.
    • 1918, Robert Valentine Dolbey, Sketches of the East Africa Campaign, page 117,
      The cocktail, the universal “sherry and bitters” and sundowner will have to be retained.
    • 2005, Franz Wisner, Honeymoon With My Brother: A Memoir, page 243,
      Per custom, we capped our drives with a sundowner cocktail party at a scenic vantage point.
    • 2005, Edward M. Bruner, Culture on Tour: Ethnographies of Travel, page 83,
      The Sundowner is basically a cocktail party with a buffet on a riverbank in the bush.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Navy Administration - Glossary

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