sundowner
noun Date: 1868 1. [from his habit of arriving at a place where he hopes to obtain food and lodging too late to do any work] Australian hobo, tramp 2. chiefly British a drink taken at sundown

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sundowner — Sun down er, n. A tramp or vagabond in the Australian bush; so called from his coming to sheep stations at sunset of ask for supper and a bed, when it is too late to work; called also {traveler} and {swagman} (but not all swagmen are sundowners) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sundowner — [sun′dou΄nər] n. 1. [ SUNDOWN + ER: from habitually arriving at a stock farm too late for work but early enough to receive a night s lodging and food] [Austral. Informal] Austral. Informal a tramp or vagrant 2. [Brit. Informal] an alcoholic drink …   English World dictionary

  • sundowner — /ˈsʌndaʊnə / (say sundownuh) noun 1. Australian History a swagman who arrives at a homestead at nightfall, too late for work, but obtains shelter for the night: *Never must the doors of your house be shut; all you had you were expected to share… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sundowner — UK [ˈsʌnˌdaʊnə(r)] / US [ˈsʌnˌdaʊnər] noun [countable] Word forms sundowner : singular sundowner plural sundowners informal an alcoholic drink that people have in the evening …   English dictionary

  • sundowner — noun a) (nautical) A harsh disciplinarian sea captain typified by requiring all hands on board by sundown. [ …   Wiktionary

  • sundowner — /sun dow neuhr/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. an alcoholic drink taken after completing the day s work, usually at sundown. 2. Australian. a tramp or hobo, esp. one who arrives at a homestead near sundown in order to avoid having to work in exchange for… …   Universalium

  • sundowner — Synonyms and related words: Arab, Bowery bum, Mickey, Mickey Finn, aperitif, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar, beggarly fellow, blighter, bo, budmash, bum, bummer, caitiff, chaser, cocktail, derelict, devil, doch an dorrach, dogie, drifter, drink,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Sundowner — (history) 1. swagman who arrives at a homestead at nightfall, too late for work, but obtains shelter for the night; 2. itinerant swagman …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • sundowner — Australian Slang (history) 1. swagman who arrives at a homestead at nightfall, too late for work, but obtains shelter for the night; 2. itinerant swagman …   English dialects glossary

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