Definition of dosser in English:



informal, derogatoryBritish
  • 1A person who sleeps rough; a tramp.

    • ‘He knew that the ruling class are in some ways as much outsiders as vagrants and dossers, which is why the landowner has a sneaking sympathy for the poacher.’
    • ‘He could have chosen to do other, less famous people, and has done that on many occasions, such as dossers and other working-class figures.’
    • ‘Who else would buy up 6250 cans, only to give all the cans away to dossers?’
    • ‘The bus skirted the town, passing a cluster of dossers drinking out of brown paper bags.’
    • ‘Alighting from a shuttle bus, the merry band of revellers spot a dosser lying prone and fully concealed under a blanket inside a bus shelter.’
    poor person, pauper, indigent, bankrupt, insolvent
  • 2An idle person.

    • ‘There had been an exchange of insults between them with allegations of each being a dosser.’
    • ‘For incompetents and dossers prosper only at the expense of good workers.’
    • ‘I sat there fearing the worse on day one and envisaged all the stereotype dossers sitting in my class.’
    • ‘He was a joker, and I was a dosser - always having a laugh, not taking it seriously either.’
    • ‘Now it turns out I have to co-ordinate strikes and represent these dossers.’