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.

Origin of doze

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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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Definition for dozed (2 of 2)

doze

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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 dozed (1 of 2)

dozed

/ (dozd, dəʊzd) /

adjective

mainly Irish (of timber or rubber) rotten or decayed

Word Origin for dozed

C18: probably from doze

British Dictionary definitions for dozed (2 of 2)

doze

/ (dəʊz) /

verb (intr)

to sleep lightly or intermittently
(often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep

noun

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 dozed

doze


v.

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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