tosspot

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See also: toss-pot

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Etymology[edit]

From toss +‎ pot.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɒspɒt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

tosspot (plural tosspots)

  1. (colloquial, now rare) A drunkard, one who drinks alcohol frequently.
    • 1593, Harvey, Gabriel, Pierce's Supererogation; or, A New Praise of the Old Ass[1], published 1815, page 140–141:
      The Muses shame to remember some fresh quaffers of Helicon; and which of the Graces or Virtues blusheth not to name some lusty tosspots of rhetoric?
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 2, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      We see our carowsing tospot German souldiers, when they are most plunged in their cups and as drunke as rats, to have perfect remembrance of their quarter, of the watchword, and of their files.
  2. (UK, offensive, slang) A fool, prat; an idiot.
    • 2000, Darren Tackle, The Guardian, 13 June:
      Well, that's one in the eye for the nay-sayers, the doubters, the cynics and assorted tosspots what make up the media and that.

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