- a basket for carrying objects on the back; pannier.
- an ornamental covering for the back of a seat, especially a throne or the like.
- dossal(def 1).
Origin of dosser1
1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Middle French dossier < Medieval Latin dosserium, variant of dorserium, equivalent to dors(um) back + -erium -ery; replacing Middle English dorser < Medieval Latin dorserium
- a person who sleeps in a doss house.
Origin of dosser2
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Examples from the Web for dosser
Leastways so the Dosser explains it, of course it is all Tommy rot.
I hope 'tis not the first time you have seen a child carried out of town in a dosser for fear of the plague.A Select Collection of Old English Plays (11 of 15)
W. Carew Hazlitt
Dosser, dos′er, n. a rich hanging of tapestry for the walls of a hall or of a chancel: a pannier.
In fact, the modern “dosser” is better and more decently housed.The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh
Charles G. Harper
- rare a bag or basket for carrying objects on the back
C14: from Old French dossier, from Medieval Latin dorsārium, from Latin dorsum back
- British a person who sleeps in dosshouses
- British another word for dosshouse
- a lazy person; idler