- a group of 12.
- the dozens, Slang. a ritualized game typically engaged in by two persons each of whom attempts to outdo the other in insults directed against members of the other's family (usually used in the phrase play the dozens).
Origin of dozen1
- to stun.
Origin of dozen2
Examples from the Web for dozen
Perhaps on his own nowadays, Epstein is trying his best to webmaster over a dozen URLs.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
A dozen Revolutionary Guards were caught deep inside Pakistan, tracking Rigi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?
Jamie Dettmer, Christopher Dickey
December 24, 2014
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
Half a dozen of Percival's friends sat at the table with them from time to time.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For good measure a dozen followers of Gaumata had been added.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
We found that about a dozen natives had been to the springs while we were away.Explorations in Australia
But mostly they hunt for this Andrew Lanning a dozen at a time.Way of the Lawless
In the living-room they found Louise Sampson and half a dozen girls.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- (preceded by a or a numeral)
- twelve or a group of twelvea dozen eggs; two dozen oranges
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)give me a dozen; there are at least a dozen who haven't arrived yet
- by the dozen in large quantities
- See baker's dozen
- talk nineteen to the dozen to talk without stopping
Word Origin and History for dozen
c.1300, from Old French dozaine "a dozen," from doze (12c.) "twelve," from Latin duodecim "twelve," from duo "two" + decem "ten" (see ten).
The Old French fem. suffix -aine is characteristically added to cardinals to form collectives in a precise sense ("exactly 12," not "about 12"). The dozens "invective contest" (1928) originated in slave culture, the custom probably African, the word probably from bulldoze (q.v.) in its original sense of "a whipping, a thrashing."
Idioms and Phrases with dozen
see baker's dozen; by the dozen; daily dozen; dime a dozen; six of one, half dozen of the other.