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Etymology 1[edit]


dorse (plural dorses)

  1. The Baltic or variable cod (Gadus callarias), by some believed to be the young of the common codfish.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Latin dorsum (the back).


dorse (plural dorses)

  1. (obsolete) The back of a book.
    • Wood
      books, all richly bound, with gilt dorses
  2. (obsolete) A dossal.
  3. (obsolete, slang) A person's back.
    • Fancy Gazette, quoted in 1823, John Badcock, Slang, a Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, of Bon-Ton, and the Varieties of Life
      Gas now planted his favourite hit under the left listener of his antagonist, which sent him to dorse.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dorse in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of dorsen