verb (used with object) Scot.
Origin of dozen2
Related Words for dozenedtwelve
- 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
noun plural dozens or dozen
Word Origin 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."
see baker's dozen; by the dozen; daily dozen; dime a dozen; six of one, half dozen of the other.