sundowner

[ suhn-dou-ner ]
/ ˈsʌnˌdaʊ nər /

noun

Chiefly British. an alcoholic drink taken after completing the day's work, usually at sundown.
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.

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Origin of sundowner

First recorded in 1870–75; sundown + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for sundowner

sundowner
/ (ˈsʌnˌdaʊnə) /

noun

Australian and NZ obsolete, slang a tramp, esp one who seeks food and lodging at sundown when it is too late to work
nautical a strict ship's officer
informal, mainly British an alcoholic drink taken at sunset
NZ slang a lazy sheepdog
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