drowse


1drowse

verb \ˈdraz\

: to sleep lightly or to almost be asleep

drowseddrows·ing

Full Definition of DROWSE

intransitive verb
1
:  to be inactive
2
:  to fall into a light slumber
transitive verb
1
:  to make drowsy or inactive
2
:  to pass (time) drowsily or in drowsing

Examples of DROWSE

  1. <picnickers drowsing in the shade of an oak tree>

Origin of DROWSE

probably akin to Gothic driusan to fall — more at dreary
First Known Use: 1573

Related to DROWSE

Rhymes with DROWSE

2drowse

noun

Definition of DROWSE

:  the act or an instance of drowsing :  doze

Examples of DROWSE

  1. <was just falling into a drowse when you called>

First Known Use of DROWSE

1796

Related to DROWSE

Synonyms
catnap, doze, 1nap, forty winks, kip [chiefly British], siesta, snooze, wink

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