[ suhn-dou-ner ]
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  1. Chiefly British. an alcoholic drink taken after completing the day's work, usually at sundown.

  2. Australian. a tramp or hobo, especially one who arrives at a homestead near sundown in order to avoid having to work in exchange for shelter.

Origin of sundowner

First recorded in 1870–75; sundown + -er1

Words Nearby sundowner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sundowner in a sentence

  • An old sundowner, chancing to pass along the road, stopped in the hopes of a yarn.

    Colonial Born | G. Firth Scott

British Dictionary definitions for sundowner


/ (ˈsʌnˌdaʊnə) /

  1. Australian and NZ obsolete, slang a tramp, esp one who seeks food and lodging at sundown when it is too late to work

  2. nautical a strict ship's officer

  1. informal, mainly British an alcoholic drink taken at sunset

  2. NZ slang a lazy sheepdog

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