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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Definitions for doss

  1. Chiefly British. to sleep or lie down in any convenient place.
  2. Chiefly British. a place to sleep, especially in a cheap lodging house.
  3. Chiefly British. sleep.

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Citations for doss
... he was too old to doss on furniture night after night. Coleen Nolan, Envy, 2010
I didn't want a place to doss down. Jonathan Gash, The Gondola Scam, 1984
Origin of doss
The origin of the English verb doss is obscure. It is most likely derived from the Latin noun dossum, a variant of dorsum “the back (of the body),” a noun of unclear origin. The verb endorse comes from Medieval Latin indorsāre “to write on or sign the back of a document”; the adjective dorsal “having a back or located on the back” is most likely familiar as an anatomical term, especially referring to the fin of a shark or a dolphin. Doss entered English in the late 18th century.
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