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doze

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[ dohz ]
/ doʊz /
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verb (used without object), dozed, doz·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), dozed, doz·ing.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away): He dozed away the afternoon.
noun
a light or fitful sleep; nap.
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Origin of doze

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1640–50; originally (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

Other definitions for doze (2 of 2)

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[ dohz ]
/ doʊz /

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

Origin of doze

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First recorded in 1940–45; shortened form of bulldoze
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British Dictionary definitions for doze

doze
/ (dəʊz) /

verb (intr)
to sleep lightly or intermittently
(often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
noun
a short sleep

Derived forms of doze

dozer, 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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