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josser

[jos-er]
noun British Slang.
  1. fellow, especially one who is or is made to appear foolish or simpleminded.
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Origin of josser

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for josser

Historical Examples

  • There were exceptions—the wife at home, as Jimmy said, that josser!

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • Jimmy had explained everything to her at the time when he was still a josser.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • “Some josser of a journalist wrote it for her,” thought Lily.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • You mark me, this josser won't do no 'and's turn that 'e don't like.

  • And he would have lost his place as manager and he would starve, the josser: that would teach him to be spiteful!

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne


British Dictionary definitions for josser

josser

noun slang
  1. British a simpleton; fool
  2. British a fellow; chap
  3. Australian a clergyman
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Word Origin

C19: from joss + -er 1
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