doss

[ dos ]
/ dɒs /
Chiefly British

noun

a place to sleep, especially in a cheap lodging house.
sleep: I had some great doss last night, and I'm feeling pretty good today.

verb (used without object)

to sleep or lie down in any convenient place: We dossed in the park last night, but it started to rain in the early morning.

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Origin of doss

First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure; perhaps from French dos, from Latin dorsum, dossum “back, ridge”
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British Dictionary definitions for doss

doss
/ (dɒs) British slang /

verb

(intr often foll by down) to sleep, esp in a dosshouse
(intr often foll by around) to pass time aimlessly

noun

a bed, esp in a dosshouse
a slang word for sleep
short for dosshouse
a task or pastime requiring little effortmaking a film is a bit of a doss

Word Origin for doss

C18: of uncertain origin
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