- to sleep lightly or fitfully.
- to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off): He dozed off during the sermon.
- to sleep for a short time; nap.
- to be dull or half asleep.
- to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away): He dozed away the afternoon.
- a light or fitful sleep; nap.
Origin of doze1
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- Informal. to clear or level with a bulldozer.
Origin of doze2
Examples from the Web for doze
I doze for a little, and when I waken there are people in the room.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A doze in the coach is the flower of dozes, when you are alone.
Then he wakened out of his doze, and began questioning me who the gentlemen were.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
And so, after a while, exhausted from her efforts, she fell into a doze.The Vagrant Duke
Pardon my appearance, but I was startled out of a doze when you knocked.
- to sleep lightly or intermittently
- (often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
- a short sleep
Word Origin and History for doze
1640s, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse dusa "to doze," Danish døse "to make dull," Swedish dialectal dusa "to sleep"); related to Old English dysig "foolish" (see dizzy). May have existed in dialect earlier than attested date. Related: Dozed; dozing. As a noun, from 1731.