1. [mid-19C+] a place to sleep, a bed, a lodging; also, the cost of a night’s lodging (see cites 1882, 1891).
2. [mid-19C+] a sleep.
3. [mid-19C] (Aus. und.) a prison.
4. [late 19C; 1940s–50s] (orig. UK Und.) one month, as part of a jail sentence.
5. [1920s] (US) a rest.
6. in fig. uses.
(a) [1960s] (US black) an attractive woman.
(b) [1980s+] something easy to accomplish.
(c) [2000s] any form of aimless, pleasurable activity.
7. see dosshouse n.
[mid–19C] (UK Und.) a lodging-house.
1. a hammock; a sleeping bag.
2. [1990s+] (UK juv.) an extremely idle person.
1. a (cheap) lodging-house.
2. a sleep.
3. (Aus. / N.Z.) a makeshift bed.
[20C+] a fool, an idiot, a simpleton.
[2000s] a filthy room or lodging place.
see separate entry.
1. [mid-19C] a brothel.
2. a lodging house.(also doss crib)
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a prostitute.
[1930s] (US black) a hotel.
[mid-19C] a lodging house.
[19C] the keeper of a lodging house.
[late 19C] the price of a night’s lodging.
[late 19C] (UK tramp) a ticket giving one the right to a night’s lodging.
1. [mid-19C+] to go to sleep.
2. [late 19C] to go to bed (when ill).
[1900s] homeless, living as a tramp.