[ 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.

Origin of doss

First recorded in 1775–85; origin obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dossing


/ (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
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