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verb (used without object), dozed, doz·ing.
  1. to sleep lightly or fitfully.
  2. to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off): He dozed off during the sermon.
  3. to sleep for a short time; nap.
  4. to be dull or half asleep.
verb (used with object), dozed, doz·ing.
  1. to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away): He dozed away the afternoon.
  1. a light or fitful sleep; nap.

Origin of doze

1640–50; orig. (now obsolete) to stupefy, make drowsy; compare Scots, N England dialect dozened, Middle English (Scots) dosnyt, dosinnit stupefied, dazed; akin to Old Norse dūsa rest, Swedish dialect dusa doze, slumber, Middle Low German dusen to be thoughtless; cf. daze

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verb (used with or without object), dozed, doz·ing.
  1. Informal. to clear or level with a bulldozer.

Origin of doze

First recorded in 1940–45; shortened form of bulldoze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for doze

snooze, slumber, catnap, nap, siesta, drowse, sleep, shut-eye

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verb (intr)
  1. to sleep lightly or intermittently
  2. (often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
  1. a short sleep
Derived Formsdozer, noun

Word Origin for doze

C17: probably from Old Norse dūs lull; related to Danish döse to drowse, Swedish dialect dusa slumber
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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.

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