"doss" Definition

Definitions for the word "doss" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. v.
1 (often foll. By down) slang sleep roughly or in a doss-house. 2 (often foll. By about, around) spend time idly. [probably originally = ‘seat-back cover’: from latin dorsum back]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
a bed. Probably from DOZE, though quite as likely from DORSE, the back. Least likely of all, as any one who knows aught about the surrounding circumstances of those who use the term will admit, is it from the Norman, DOSSEL, a hanging or bed canopy, from which some have professed to derive it.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
3. slang
to sleep, formerly spelt DORSE. _Gael._, DOSAL, slumber. In the old pugilistic days a man knocked down, or out of time, was said to be “sent to DORSE,” but whether because he was senseless, or because he lay on his back, is not known, though most likely the latter.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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