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[drouz] /draʊz/
verb (used without object), drowsed, drowsing.
to be sleepy or half-asleep.
to be dull or sluggish.
verb (used with object), drowsed, drowsing.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsing (often followed by away):
He drowsed away the morning.
to make sleepy.
a sleepy condition; state of being half-asleep.
Origin of drowse
before 900; Old English drūsian to droop, become sluggish (not recorded in ME); akin to Old English drēosan to fall Unabridged
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  • Thus thou educatest thy friends: with insult in the night season and drowse of slumber during the precious hours of the day.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • The landscape seemed to be in drowse, half-sleeping and half-waking.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Toward morning I fell into a drowse, and was awakened out of it by the reveille.

  • And then jest as I was gettin' into a drowse, I heard the cat in the buttery, and I got up to let her out.

  • He clucked to the old horse, which awoke out of its drowse with a start, and moved on sluggishly.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Unceremoniously Stair Garland awaked Louis from his drowse in the cave's mouth.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Full clear blue eyes, healthy and untired as a child's fresh from an all-night's drowse, they looked and looked.

  • Dot's head was pillowed on his knee, and presently she began to drowse.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • So he began to drop into a drowse once more, at last; and all at once he felt that mysterious touch again!

    The Prince and The Pauper, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • She had not slept, either; it was from her first drowse that Adeline had wakened her.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for drowse


to be or cause to be sleepy, dull, or sluggish
the state of being drowsy
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old English drūsian to sink; related to drēosan to fall
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Word Origin and History for drowse

1570s, probably a back-formation from drowsy. Old English had a similar word, but there is a 600-year gap. Related: Drowsed; drowsing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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