[ suhn-dou-ner ]
/ ˈsʌnˌdaʊ nər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. sunderland,
  2. sundew,
  3. sundial,
  4. sundog,
  5. sundown,
  6. sundress,
  7. sundries,
  8. sundrops,
  9. sundry,
  10. sundry shop

Origin of sundowner

First recorded in 1870–75; sundown + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sundowner


/ (ˈsʌnˌdaʊnə) /


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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