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drowse

[drouz] /draʊz/
verb (used without object), drowsed, drowsing.
1.
to be sleepy or half-asleep.
2.
to be dull or sluggish.
verb (used with object), drowsed, drowsing.
3.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsing (often followed by away):
He drowsed away the morning.
4.
to make sleepy.
noun
5.
a sleepy condition; state of being half-asleep.
Origin
900
before 900; Old English drūsian to droop, become sluggish (not recorded in ME); akin to Old English drēosan to fall
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  • As the train stops you drowse if you have been waking, and wake if you.
  • We drowse upright,uptight,nod and bob next to strangers.
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drowse

/draʊz/
verb
1.
to be or cause to be sleepy, dull, or sluggish
noun
2.
the state of being drowsy
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old English drūsian to sink; related to drēosan to fall
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Word Origin and History for 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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