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Etymology 1

doss +‎ -er


dosser (plural dossers)

  1. (Britain, Ireland) Someone who dosses, someone known for avoiding work.
  2. A homeless and jobless person.
  3. One who lodges in a doss-house.

Etymology 2

Late Latin dosserum, or French dossier (bundle of papers, part of a basket resting on the back), from Latin dorsum (back). See dorsal.

Alternative forms


dosser (plural dossers)

  1. A pannier or basket.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      To hire a ripper's mare, and buy new dossers.
  2. A hanging tapestry; a dorsal.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 dosser in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)