- 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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- to sleep lightly or intermittently
- (often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
- a short sleep
Word Origin 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.
Fall into a light sleep, as in Watching the ballet always made her doze off. [Mid-1800s]