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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.
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 dozing
  • While dozing off at your desk might be adequate for these benefits, lying down is best, say the experts.
  • It took a failed nuclear inspection, two missile trucks crashing, and junior officers literally dozing off with launch codes.
  • If you speak well enough to make a conference of dozing middle managers sit up, your fortune is made.
  • If you're sleep-deprived, key parts of your brain may be dozing even when you're awake, according to a new study of rats.
  • Imagine you are almost dozing in a lounge chair outside, with a magazine on your lap.
  • Despite all the hoopla about sleeping air-traffic controllers, dozing off on the job might not be such a bad idea.
  • Often, they took turns sleeping, and sometimes everyone on the shift was dozing.
  • For years it engaged heavily in the risky business of deficit financing, and it outmaneuvered the dozing downtown bureaucrats.
  • dozing, he awakens this time pinned to the ground by ropes.
  • It was a little after two, a slow time for the business, and the manager was dozing off in the warm sunshine.
British Dictionary definitions for dozing


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 dozing



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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