- 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 dozed
Rector was attending a Sunday night game between the Yankees and Red Sox when he dozed off.Sleeping Yankees Fan Files Worst Lawsuit Ever
July 9, 2014
My guess is he developed some irritation from flying and forgot to take his contact lenses out as he dozed off.Everything You Wanted To Know About Bob Costas’s Olympic Pinkeye
February 12, 2014
They watched us from a distance as we dozed on kilim rugs after lunch.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
I dozed off twice while watching Zero Hour and kept having to rewind to the beginning to this tepid and snooze-inducing pilot.TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2012-13’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
June 12, 2012
Guys actually closed their eyes and dozed off while they ran.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
The effort of continuous talking wearied him, and presently he dozed off.Meadow Grass
Pierre, unwilling to quit his brother, dozed off upon a sofa.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Old Mr. Longworth dozed most of his time in his steamer chair.A Woman Intervenes
He started to get up, then looked back to his mate again, and settled down and dozed.
When he dozed despite himself, the whimpering and snarling of the dogs aroused him.
- mainly Irish (of timber or rubber) rotten or decayed
- to sleep lightly or intermittently
- (often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
- a short sleep
Word Origin and History for dozed
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.