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doze1

[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
1.
to sleep lightly or fitfully.
2.
to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off):
He dozed off during the sermon.
3.
to sleep for a short time; nap.
4.
to be dull or half asleep.
verb (used with object), dozed, dozing.
5.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away):
He dozed away the afternoon.
noun
6.
a light or fitful sleep; nap.
Origin of doze1
1640-1650
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
Synonyms
6. snooze, siesta, catnap, forty winks.

doze2

[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
1.
Informal. to clear or level with a bulldozer.
Origin
1940-45; shortened form of bulldoze
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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
  • I doze for a little, and when I waken there are people in the room.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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
  • Then he wakened out of his doze, and began questioning me who the gentlemen were.

  • 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
  • Pardon my appearance, but I was startled out of a doze when you knocked.

  • 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
  • The very flowers seemed to doze on their stalks set with sleepy leaves.

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

  • He nodded his head, stared at her, and seemed to doze off again.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for doze

doze

/dəʊz/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to sleep lightly or intermittently
2.
(often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
noun
3.
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
v.

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.

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