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josser

[jos-er] /ˈdʒɒs ər/
noun, British Slang.
1.
fellow, especially one who is or is made to appear foolish or simpleminded.
Origin of josser
1885-1890
1885-90; origin uncertain
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  • And he would have lost his place as manager and he would starve, the josser: that would teach him to be spiteful!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Jimmy had explained everything to her at the time when he was still a josser.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • You mark me, this josser won't do no 'and's turn that 'e don't like.

  • “Some josser of a journalist wrote it for her,” thought Lily.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Even Dodge, the newest junior, sneers at him, and refuses to recognise 'that josser' as editor.

    The Call of the Town John Alexander Hammerton
  • There were exceptions—the wife at home, as Jimmy said, that josser!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
British Dictionary definitions for josser

josser

/ˈdʒɒsə/
noun (slang)
1.
(Brit) a simpleton; fool
2.
(Brit) a fellow; chap
3.
(Austral) a clergyman
Word Origin
C19: from joss + -er1
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