verb (used without object), dozed, doz·ing.
verb (used with object), dozed, doz·ing.
Origin of doze1
Synonyms for doze
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]