Definition of Sundowner

1. Noun. A tramp who habitually arrives at sundown.

Geographical relationships: Australia, Commonwealth Of Australia
Generic synonyms: Drifter, Floater, Vagabond, Vagrant



2. Noun. A drink taken at sundown.

Definition of Sundowner

1. 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).

Definition of Sundowner

1. Noun. (Australia obsolete) A wandering traveller/worker (such as a swagman) who arrived at a farm too late in the day to do any work, but still partook of their hospitality. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A harsh disciplinarian sea captain typified by requiring all hands on board by sundown. [ ¹

3. Noun. (medicine colloquial) A patient, usually demented, who tends to become agitated in the evening. ¹

4. Noun. A cocktail consumed at sunset, or to signify the end of the day. A cocktail party in the early evening. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sundowner

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sundowner

sunderling
sunders
sundew
sundew family
sundew plant
sundews
sundial
sundial lupine
sundials
sundiusite
sundog
sundogs
sundown
sundown syndrome
sundowned
sundowner (current term)
sundowner's syndrome
sundowner syndrome
sundowners
sundowners syndrome
sundowning
sundowns
sundra
sundras
sundrenched
sundress
sundresses
sundri
sundried
sundries

Literary usage of Sundowner

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1. Outback in Australia: Or, Three Australian Overlanders; Being an Account of by Kilroy Harris (1913)
"The sundowner is an indirect result of an abundant overflow of ... In some cases it has been proved that when the sundowner did not possess a match, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"... of a mock sun shining near the real sun—a phenomenon observed in some latitudes. sundowner (Australian), a tramp. The Australian shepherd, like the s»«- ..."

3. The Commonwealth of Australia by Bernhard Ringrose Wise (1909)
"CHAPTER III THE BUSH A COUNTRY Life—Characteristics of Bush Life—Isolation—The sundowner—The Squatter—The Cattle-run—The Planter —The Selector—The Country ..."

4. The Commonwealth of Australia by Bernhard Ringrose Wise (1909)
"CHAPTER III THE BUSH A COUNTRY Life—Characteristics of Bush Life—Isolation—The sundowner—The Squatter—The Cattle-run—The Planter —The Selector—The Country ..."

5. The Commonwealth of Australia by Bernhard Ringrose Wise (1909)
"CHAPTER III THE BUSH A COUNTRY Life—Characteristics of Bush Life—Isolation—The sundowner—The Squatter—The Cattle-run—The Planter —The Selector—The Country ..."

6. The Commonwealth of Australia by Bernhard Ringrose Wise (1909)
"CHAPTER III THE BUSH A COUNTRY Life—Characteristics of Bush Life—Isolation—The sundowner—The Squatter—The Cattle-run—The Planter —The Selector—The Country ..."

7. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1898)
"Please won't you button my dress, and then I want to see the sundowner," she demanded at ... Hang the sundowner! Who told you about any sundowner, any way ? ..."

8. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases and Usages with by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
"D. Macdonald, 'Gum Boughs,' P- 32: " When the real ' sundowner ' haunts these ... There is an old bush saying that the sundowner's one request is for work, ..."

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