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[dos]Chiefly British
  1. a place to sleep, especially in a cheap lodging house.
  2. sleep.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to sleep or lie down in any convenient place.
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Origin of doss

First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure
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Examples from the Web for dossing

Historical Examples

  • And when the old man went below he found Geordie dossing in his own sacred bunk.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume XXVII, Issue 160, April, 1904


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
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  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
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Word Origin

C18: of uncertain origin
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