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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
1775-1785
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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