Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

sundowner

[suhn-dou-ner]
See more synonyms for sundowner on Thesaurus.com
noun
  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.
Show More

Origin of sundowner

First recorded in 1870–75; sundown + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

enforcer, trainer, authoritarian, bully, stickler, master, tyrant, despot, teacher, sundowner, sergeant, formalist

Examples from the Web for sundowner

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for sundowner

sundowner

noun
  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
  3. informal, mainly British an alcoholic drink taken at sunset
  4. NZ slang a lazy sheepdog
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012