drowse

[ drouz ]
/ draʊz /

verb (used without object), drowsed, drows·ing.

to be sleepy or half-asleep.
to be dull or sluggish.

verb (used with object), drowsed, drows·ing.

to pass or spend (time) in drowsing (often followed by away): He drowsed away the morning.
to make sleepy.

noun

a sleepy condition; state of being half-asleep.

Origin of drowse

before 900; Old English drūsian to droop, become sluggish (not recorded in ME); akin to Old English drēosan to fall
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drowse

/ (draʊz) /

verb

to be or cause to be sleepy, dull, or sluggish

noun

the state of being drowsy

Word Origin for drowse

C16: probably from Old English drūsian to sink; related to drēosan to fall
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Word Origin and History for drowse

drowse


v.

1570s, probably a back-formation from drowsy. Old English had a similar word, but there is a 600-year gap. Related: Drowsed; drowsing.

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