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.
verb (used with object),dozed,doz·ing.
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
1640–50; orig. (now obsolete) to stupefy, make drowsy; compare Scots,N England dialectdozened,Middle English (Scots) dosnyt, dosinnit stupefied, dazed; akin to Old Norsedūsa rest, Swedish dialectdusa doze, slumber, Middle Low Germandusen to be thoughtless; cf. daze
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.