[ taws-pot, tos- ]
/ ˈtɔsˌpɒt, ˈtɒs- /
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Literary. a habitual drinker of alcohol who is frequently intoxicated.
British Slang: Disparaging. a contemptible person, idiot, or loser.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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Example sentences from the Web for tosspot
How much less living would he be had he been called Mr. Soaker or Mr. Tosspot!Play-Making|William Archer
One of their number rejoiced in the euphonious cognomen of "Tosspot."Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore|Charles Hardwick
Thus became Tom Tosspot rich,—thus went in the tailor's stitch.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
British Dictionary definitions for tosspot
/ (ˈtɒsˌpɒt) /
archaic, or literary a habitual drinker
British slang a stupid or contemptible person
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