dozen

1 [duhz-uhn]
noun, plural dozens (as after a numeral) dozen.
1.
a group of 12.
2.
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 ).
adjective

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English dozeine < Old French do(u)zaine, equivalent to do(u)ze (< Latin duodecim) + -aine (< Latin -āna) -an

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dozen

2 [doh-zuhn]
verb (used with object) Scot.
to stun.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (Scots); see doze1

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dozen (ˈdʌzən)
 
determiner (preceded by a or a numeral)
1.  a.  twelve or a group of twelve: a dozen eggs; two dozen oranges
 b.  (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): give me a dozen; there are at least a dozen who haven't arrived yet
 
n , dozens, dozen
2.  by the dozen in large quantities
3.  See baker's dozen
4.  talk nineteen to the dozen to talk without stopping
 
[C13: from Old French douzaine, from douze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten]
 
'dozenth
 
adj

dozens (ˈdʌzənz)
 
pl n
informal (usually foll by of) a lot: I've got dozens of things to do

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dozen
c.1300, from O.Fr. dozeine "a dozen," from douze "twelve," from L. duodecim from duo "two" + decem "ten" (see ten). The O.Fr. 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."
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Example sentences for Dozens
In fact, there were dozens of leagues, large and small, at this time.
Milk contains dozens of other types of proteins besides the caseins.
There are dozens of species and the delimitation of the genus has shifted much over time.
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