[ dos ]
/ dɒs /
Chiefly British


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

verb (used without object)

to sleep or lie down in any convenient place.

Nearby words

  1. dosh,
  2. dosimeter,
  3. dosimetric,
  4. dosimetry,
  5. dosing strip,
  6. doss house,
  7. dossal,
  8. dosser,
  9. dosseret,
  10. dosshouse

Origin of doss

First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure


[ daws, dos ]
/ dɔs, dɒs /

noun Computers.

any of several single-user, command-driven operating systems for personal computers, especially MS DOS.

Origin of DOS

d(isk) o(perating) s(ystem) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doss


/ (dɒs) British slang /


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


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


/ (dɒs) /

n acronym for trademark computing

disk-operating system, often prefixed, as in MS-DOS and PC-DOS; a computer operating system
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