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[doh-zee] /ˈdoʊ zi/
adjective, dozier, doziest.
drowsy; half asleep.
decayed, as timber.
Origin of dozy
First recorded in 1685-95; doze1 + -y1
Related forms
dozily, adverb
doziness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dozy
Historical Examples
  • His ancestors were Sleepyheads on his mother's side, and dozy Pates on his father's side.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • It was to be judged that the stuffy air of the car made her dozy.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Then came the hour of half-sleep, a true “dozy hour,” as Thackeray said.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • All day my cats were indoors, dozy, sociable, and contented.

  • I was in that dozy state, half asleep, when nothing is quite clear.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • Doze she did, for it was a warm, dozy afternoon, and the boat was running swiftly and smoothly with the tide.

  • Ibn Hazm was, says dozy, "a strict Moslem, averse to judging divine questions by human reasoning."

  • He felt cosy and dozy, full of mushrooms inside and covered with hay and feathers outside.

    Jimbo Algernon Blackwood
  • So ugly the time'll come you can't stand for 'em any more than you can stand for the dozy life around here now.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • dozy regards Count Julian as an authentic historical figure though both his rank and authority are undefined.

British Dictionary definitions for dozy


adjective dozier, doziest
(Brit, informal) stupid
Derived Forms
dozily, adverb
doziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dozy

"drowsy," 1690s, from doze + -y (2).

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