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dosser1

[dos-er]
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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).
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Origin of dosser1

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

dosser2

[dos-er]
noun Chiefly British.
  1. a person who sleeps in a doss house.
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Origin of dosser2

First recorded in 1865–70; doss + -er1
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dosser1

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

C14: from Old French dossier, from Medieval Latin dorsārium, from Latin dorsum back

dosser2

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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