[dos]Chiefly British
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verb (used without object)
  1. to sleep or lie down in any convenient place.

Origin of doss

First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure


[daws, dos]
noun Computers.
  1. 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. 2018

Related Words for doss

cot, pallet, berth, sack, hay, doss, kip, executive, dos, MS-DOS, OS, UNIX, Windows

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British Dictionary definitions for doss


  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
  3. short for dosshouse
  4. a task or pastime requiring little effortmaking a film is a bit of a doss

Word Origin for doss

C18: of uncertain origin


n acronym for trademark computing
  1. disk-operating system, often prefixed, as in MS-DOS and PC-DOS; a computer operating system
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