[ dohz ]
/ doʊz /

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.


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


Definition for dozed (2 of 2)

[ dohz ]
/ doʊz /

verb (used with or without object), dozed, doz·ing.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dozed (1 of 2)

/ (dozd, dəʊzd) /


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)

/ (dəʊz) /

verb (intr)

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


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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