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

Origin of doss

First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for dossing


  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
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