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[jos-er] /ˈdʒɒs ər/
noun, British Slang.
fellow, especially one who is or is made to appear foolish or simpleminded.
Origin of josser
First recorded in 1885-90; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for josser
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  • There were exceptions—the wife at home, as Jimmy said, that josser!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Jimmy had explained everything to her at the time when he was still a josser.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • “Some josser of a journalist wrote it for her,” thought Lily.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • You mark me, this josser won't do no 'and's turn that 'e don't like.

  • And he would have lost his place as manager and he would starve, the josser: that would teach him to be spiteful!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Even Dodge, the newest junior, sneers at him, and refuses to recognise 'that josser' as editor.

    The Call of the Town John Alexander Hammerton
British Dictionary definitions for josser


noun (slang)
(Brit) a simpleton; fool
(Brit) a fellow; chap
(Austral) a clergyman
Word Origin
C19: from joss + -er1
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