Origin of sundownersundown + -er: from habitually arriving at a stock farm too late for work but early enough to receive a night's lodging and foodAustral., Informal a tramp or vagrant
- Brit., Informal an alcoholic drink taken at sunset
Origin of sundownerfrom requiring return from shore leave by sundownNaut., Slang an officer who is a strict disciplinarian
- Australian A vagrant; a tramp.
- Chiefly British A drink taken at sundown.
- 2010, John Hirst, Looking for Australia: Historical Essays, page 60,
- Like the Australian sundowners, some of these trampers were suspected of never wanting to find a job.
- (nautical) A sea captain who shows harsh discipline by requiring all hands to be on board by sundown.
- (medicine, colloquial) A patient, usually demented, who tends to become agitated in the evening.
- A cocktail consumed at sunset, or to signify the end of the day; cocktail party held in the early evening.
- snow under, undersnow
From sundown +"Ž -er.