drowse

[drouz]
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:
before 900; Old English drūsian to droop, become sluggish (not recorded in ME); akin to Old English drēosan to fall

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drowse (draʊz)
 
vb
1.  to be or cause to be sleepy, dull, or sluggish
 
n
2.  the state of being drowsy
 
[C16: probably from Old English drūsian to sink; related to drēosan to fall]

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drowse
1570s, a back formation from drowsy.
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Example sentences
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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