dosser 1[dos-er] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- a basket for carrying objects on the back; pannier.
- an ornamental covering for the back of a seat, especially a throne or the like.
- dossal(def 1).
Also dorser. Origin of dosser 1 1300–50; Middle English Anglo-French; Middle French dossier Medieval Latin dosserium, variant of dorserium, equivalent to dors(um) back + -erium -ery; replacing Middle English dorser Medieval Latin dorserium dosser 2[dos-er] noun Chiefly British.
- a person who sleeps in a doss house.
Leastways so the Dosser explains it, of course it is all Tommy rot.
I hope ’tis not the first time you have seen a child carried out of town in a dosser for fear of the plague.
W. Carew Hazlitt
Dosser, dos′er, n. a rich hanging of tapestry for the walls of a hall or of a chancel: a pannier.
In fact, the modern “dosser” is better and more decently housed.
Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for dosser dosser 1 noun
- rare a bag or basket for carrying objects on the back
Word Origin for dosser C14: from Old French dossier, from Medieval Latin dorsārium, from Latin dorsum back dosser 2 noun slang
- British a person who sleeps in dosshouses
- British another word for dosshouse
- a lazy person; idler