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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dosser someone who sleeps in any convenient place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dosser A hanging tapestry; a dorsal.
    • Dosser A pannier, or basket. "To hire a ripper's mare, and buy new dossers ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dosser Hangings of tapestry or carpet-work, sometimes richly embroidered with silks and with gold and silver, formerly placed round the walls of a hall, or at the east end, and sometimes the sides, of the chancel of a church.
    • n dosser Same as dorse, 2.
    • n dosser Same as dorser, 2.
    • n dosser In heraldry, same as water-budget.
    • n dosser One who lodges at a doss-house.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dosser dos′er a rich hanging of tapestry for the walls of a hall or of a chancel: a pannier.
    • n Dosser one who lodges in a doss-house
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. dosserum, or F.dossier, bundle of papers, part of a basket resting on the back, fr. L. dorsum, back. See Dorsal, and cf. Dosel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from doss, a prov. Eng. name for a hassock.


In literature:

But Tom Dosser, a new arrival, and a famous shot, now stepped in front of the old man.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
The man and woman vanished in a doorway near the Jago Row end, where, for some reason, dossers were fewer than about the portal of Jago Court.
"A Child of the Jago" by Arthur Morrison
The most unique feature of the two-cent dosser class is its apparent happiness.
"Tramping with Tramps" by Josiah Flynt