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  1. a place to sleep, especially in a cheap lodging house.

  2. sleep: I had some great doss last night, and I'm feeling pretty good today.

verb (used without object)
  1. 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.

Origin of doss

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

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How to use doss in a sentence

  • As to the "fourpenny doss," its discomforts are probably mainly owing to its inmates.

  • It was near midnight when Creed sought his patient mule at the rack, to find that doss Provine had ridden the animal away.

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  • We'll treat him like a king, and give him first-rate grub and a doss fit for a bloomin' dook.

British Dictionary definitions for doss


/ (dɒs) British slang /

  1. (intr often foll by down) to sleep, esp in a dosshouse

  2. (intr often foll by around) to pass time aimlessly

  1. a bed, esp in a dosshouse

  2. a slang word for sleep

  1. short for dosshouse

  2. a task or pastime requiring little effort: making a film is a bit of a doss

Origin of doss

C18: of uncertain origin

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