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[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
to sleep lightly or fitfully.
to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off):
He dozed off during the sermon.
to sleep for a short time; nap.
to be dull or half asleep.
verb (used with object), dozed, dozing.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away):
He dozed away the afternoon.
a light or fitful sleep; nap.
Origin of doze1
1640-50; orig. (now obsolete) to stupefy, make drowsy; compare Scots, N England dialect dozened, Middle English (Scots) dosnyt, dosinnit stupefied, dazed; akin to Old Norse dūsa rest, Swedish dialect dusa doze, slumber, Middle Low German dusen to be thoughtless; cf. daze
6. snooze, siesta, catnap, forty winks.


[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
Informal. to clear or level with a bulldozer.
1940-45; shortened form of bulldoze Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for doze
Historical Examples
  • She has deposited the old man in that easy-chair for a doze, I fancy.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • It roused Hope from a doze into which he had just fallen, and provoked Hester accordingly.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Soon she fell into a doze from whence she, at intervals, would awake and call for John, and inquire if Ruth was near.

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • The mental struggle had exhausted Jane somewhat, and she fell into a doze.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • For a great part of the time, the Court House, the centre of gravity for the county, appeared to doze in the sunshine.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • So, awakening from a doze, he saw the boy there, and called him Hubert.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • After which Mr Dorrit was seized with a doze for about a minute, out of which he sprang with spasmodic nimbleness.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • His suspicion of me started up from its doze and rubbed its eyes.

  • The sermon is irreligiously long; and you are nodding—in a doze!

  • She did not seem to understand him, but fell into a doze while he was talking.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
British Dictionary definitions for doze


verb (intransitive)
to sleep lightly or intermittently
(often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
a short sleep
Derived Forms
dozer, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Old Norse dūs lull; related to Danish döse to drowse, Swedish dialect dusa slumber
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Word Origin and History for doze

1640s, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse dusa "to doze," Danish døse "to make dull," Swedish dialectal dusa "to sleep"); related to Old English dysig "foolish" (see dizzy). May have existed in dialect earlier than attested date. Related: Dozed; dozing. As a noun, from 1731.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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