- to be sleepy or half-asleep.
- to be dull or sluggish.
- to pass or spend (time) in drowsing (often followed by away): He drowsed away the morning.
- to make sleepy.
- a sleepy condition; state of being half-asleep.
Origin of drowse
Related Words for drowsecoma, dormancy, stupor, breathe, relax, lean, snooze, doze, languish, annoy, exhaust, dishearten, exasperate, tire, depress, irk, fade, bore, inactivity, torpor
Examples from the Web for drowse
Historical Examples of drowse
And then jest as I was gettin' into a drowse, I heard the cat in the buttery, and I got up to let her out.The Universal Reciter
Your days of hope are over, and you want to drowse by the fire.Northern Lights
The landscape seemed to be in drowse, half-sleeping and half-waking.A Spoil of Office
She was no sensualist, longing to drowse sleepily in the lap of luxury.Sister Carrie
Unceremoniously Stair Garland awaked Louis from his drowse in the cave's mouth.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
- to be or cause to be sleepy, dull, or sluggish
- the state of being drowsy
Word Origin for drowse
1570s, probably a back-formation from drowsy. Old English had a similar word, but there is a 600-year gap. Related: Drowsed; drowsing.